Bi-Lingual Policy

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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

Cardiff Council

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Paula Franklin

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ear 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

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Parsons, Dave, Cardiff Council

Your Ref: RFI_965

Dear Barnacle

Thank you for your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000
received on 16^th January 2009 regarding the Council's bi-lingual policy
and please accept our apologies for the delay in responding.

We have considered your request and enclose the following information:

1. What percent of staff are able to speak fluent Welsh.

This information is not held.

2. What percentage of staff speak and write fluent welsh.

This information is not held.

3. Do you have a unit specifically for translation.

Yes

4. How many staff work in your translation unit.

9 staff (7.8 Full Time equivalent)

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)

Recorded expenditure on the Council's Welsh Language Translation Unit
since 1999/00 is as follows. We do not hold the information in respect
of earlier years.

1999/00 £22,056

2000/01 £49,811

2001/02 £53,823

2002/03 £73,106

2003/04 £91,530

2004/05 £116,175

2005/06 £160,771

2006/07 £193,905

2007/08 £225,610

2008/09 £185,523 (budgeted)

Other costs relating to the bi-lingual policy, e.g. extra staff time
outside the Translation Unit spent preparing bi-lingual documents, extra
stationery, printing costs, etc. are not separately identified in the
Council's accounts.

We supply this information based on your original request. If this
information does not answer your enquiry or if you feel we have not
fully understood your request, please contact me to clarify your exact
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Yours Sincerely

Dave Parsons

On behalf of

Barry Jeffreys

Information Compliance Manager

Swyddog Rheoli Gwybodaeth

Cardiff Council

Room CY5

County Hall

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Mae'n bosibl bod gwybodaeth gyfrinachol yn y neges hon. Os na chyfeirir y
neges atoch chi'n benodol (neu os nad ydych chi'n gyfrifol am
drosglwyddo'r neges i'r person a enwir), yna ni chewch gopio na
throsglwyddo'r neges. Mewn achos o'r fath, dylech ddinistrio'r neges a
hysbysu'r anfonwr drwy e-bost ar unwaith. Rhowch wybod i'r anfonydd ar
unwaith os nad ydych chi neu eich cyflogydd yn caniatau e-bost y Rhyngrwyd
am negeseuon fel hon. Rhaid deall nad yw'r safbwyntiau, y casgliadau a'r
wybodaeth arall yn y neges hon nad ydynt yn cyfeirio at fusnes swyddogol
Cyngor Dinas a Sir Caerdydd yn cynrychioli barn y Cyngor Sir nad yn cael
sel ei fendith. Caiff unrhyw negeseuon a anfonir at, neu o'r cyfeiriad
e-bost hwn eu prosesu gan system E-bost Gorfforaethol Cyngor Sir Caerdydd
a gallant gael eu harchwilio gan rywun heblaw'r person a enwir.

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