Eric Pickles: councils must cut back on foreign language materials

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Eric Pickles- UK Communities Secretary

Eric Pickles- UK Communities Secretary

The communities secretary, Eric Pickles, has ordered councils to stop automatically translating their information leaflets, posters and other material into foreign languages.

In a written ministerial statement to MPs published on Tuesday, Pickles says that councils spend as much as £20m a year for translation services that actually reduce the incentive for some migrant communities to learn English.

He says that councils have a legal duty under equalities legislation not to discriminate but that doesn’t include a legal duty to translate documents into a foreign language.

 

Read it at the Guardian

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