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

Info Regs Unit, Conwy County Borough Council

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Info Regs Unit, Conwy County Borough Council

Dear Barnacle Bill

As per your enquiry below it is advised that Conwy CBC operates to the
requirements of the Welsh Language Scheme details of which can be
accessed via the following link;
[1]http://www.conwy.gov.uk/doc.asp?cat=621&...

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.
Information in relation to questions 1 & 2 above is not currently
available, but it is in the process of being gathered and collated and
will be published in a Welsh Langauge Monitoring report due to be
completed and submitted to the Welsh Assembly Governement by August 2009.

3. Do you have a unit specifically for translation.
Yes.

4. How many staff work in your translation unit.
Five.

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)
The Welsh Language Scheme is a statutory scheme as well as being a
corporate policy document. Its purpose is to indicate how the Council will
plan and provide its Welsh-medium services to the public on the basis of
equality with the provision in English, in accordance with the
requirements of the Welsh Language Act 1993. This means that English and
Welsh have been mainstreamed as part of the Council's overall delivery of
its services to the public and, as such, there is no specific cost for the
provision of services bilingually.

If for whatever reason you are unhappy with the response please contact us
direct by e-mail or by post addressed to Conwy County Borough Council,
Information Regulations Unit, Bodlondeb, Conwy, LL32 8DU.

Uned Reoliadau Gwybodaeth/Information Regulations Unit
Cyngor Bwrdeistef Sirol CONWY County Borough Council
E-Bost / E-Mail: [2][Conwy Council request email]

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