Translators for the unemployed

News has emerged that the Department for Work and Pensions has hired a translator who speaks Nigerian Pidgin – an English-based creole language spoken across Nigeria – drawing attention back to the millions spent by the government on paying interpreters to help foreign-speaking nationals claim benefits. The ignorant example used by The Daily Mail is that a Nigerian claimant who tells Job Centre staff ‘I wan go job but I no well’, would have his words translated to ‘I would like to work but I am sick’. The DWP provides translators in 165 different languages, who were used 271,965 times between October 2010 and September 2011.Polish, as you might expect, […]