Bi-Lingual Policy

Barnacle Bill made this Freedom of Information request to Gwynedd Council

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Dear Sir or Madam,

Could you please indicate whether or not your organisation operates a bi-lingual policy.

If it does could you please answer the following questions:-

1. What percent of staff are able to speak fluent Welsh.
2. What percentage of staff speak and write fluent welsh.
3. Do you have a unit specifically for translation.
4. How many staff work in your translation unit.
5. What is the approximate overall cost of having a bi-lingual policy in place (this should take into account the cost of the running the translation unit, extra stationary extra postage and the time taken to get documents translated) Furthermore could this please be broken down by year since the last Local Government reorganisation)

Many thanks

Yours faithfully,

Barnacle Bill

Rhyddid Gwybodaeth, Gwynedd Council

Dear Sir

Thank you for your request. It is being dealt with under the terms of the
Freedom of Information Act and I will contact you again in due course.

Yours faithfully,

Helen M.Parry
Rheolwr Gwybodaeth/Information Manager
Uned Gwybodaeth/Information Unit
Cyngor Gwynedd/Gwynedd Council
Ffôn: 01286 679354

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Rhyddid Gwybodaeth, Gwynedd Council

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Dear Sir,

I am writing to confirm that Gwynedd Council has now completed its search
for the information which you requested on the 16th of January 2009.

Yes, we do operate a bilingual policy.

1. and 2 This information is not recorded by the Council.
3. Yes
4. 6 (with one post vacant at present)
5. The attached spreadsheet details the costs of running the translation
unit for the past 4 years. It was not possible to provide details for years
preceding 2005-06 as this would have exceeded the 18 hour threshold
permitted under the Act.

Unfortunately, we cannot quantify any other costs associated with operating
a bilingual policy across the organisation as it is not possible to identify
them within the Council's accounting system.

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If you have any queries about this letter, please contact me.

Yours faithfully,

Helen M.Parry
Rheolwr Gwybodaeth/Information Manager
Uned Gwybodaeth/Information Unit
Cyngor Gwynedd/Gwynedd Council
Ffôn: 01286 679354

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