MAKE MIGRANTS PAY FOR THEIR OWN TRANSLATION –

£1.6m a MONTH gets lost in translation during legal proceedings

PEOPLE unable to speak English in legal proceedings cost £1.6million every month.

The daily bill for experts to translate 226 languages and provide appropriate signings for the deaf is £51,000.

There are 160,000 requests for translations – including for rare languages such as Zulu – at hearings every year.

Polish is the most requested language for proceedings before JPs, with 5,127 translators needed since August last year.

Romanian and Russian were also commonly needed with occasional requests for Jamaican patois and Mongolian.

In 2015, £23,000 was spent turning 591 report pages into Slovenian.

Leeds-based The Big World now provides court translators on a four-year government contract.