Torfaen Welsh improvements to cost £37k
3:51pm Monday 14th October 2013 in News
TORFAEN Council’s investment in the Welsh language comes with a price tag of £37,000 per year.
A report highlighting the Welsh language services in the council will be presented to the resources overview and scrutiny committee on Wednesday.
The aim of the report is to move the council towards the equal production of documentation in English and Welsh across its public services.
But it will need to invest £37,000 initially to put this in place.
Currently the council does not provide access to all council business and services in Welsh and that has resulted in 20 complaints in 2012/13.
The cost includes a full bilingual equivalent of services including the maintenance of the council’s Welsh language website, Welsh minutes and agendas of all council meeting, and Welsh language customer support.
It also includes two officers from customer services undertaking a six week immersion Welsh language training in 2014 at a cost of £900, and that one additional full-time translator is recruited on an 18 month contract.
The proposal also suggests to add the requirement to be able to speak Welsh for all future customer service vacancies until sufficient capacity is developed and that eight fluent Welsh speaking officers should be identified.
Currently, the council employs one full time Welsh language officer and one Welsh language translator. The total costs for corporate Welsh language services in 2012/13 was £114,000.
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