Wednesday, 11 November 2020

LGBT+ people seeking asylum in the UK face mockery and derision from interpreters, damning report warns

 https://www.pinknews.co.uk/2020/11/11/lgbt-people-asylum-interpreters-home-office-report/

11 November 2020

LGBT+ people seeking asylum in the UK face mockery and derision from interpreters, damning report warns

The report from the Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration, published on Wednesday (November 11), flagged concerns about the way people seeking asylum on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity are treated during Home Office processes.

According to the report, stakeholders had raised concerns that “interpreter bias” has a large impact on applications among LGBT+ asylum claimants.

It warns: “One [stakeholder] argued that this was particularly prevalent in LGBTQI+ claims, with applicants reporting interpreters using derogatory slang and making judgements, which impacted the confidence of applicants.

“Another referred to reports from LGBTQI+ applicants about interpreters ‘mistranslating, rebuking or judging people, or being dismissive of their fears such as the death penalty’.

“There were concerns that applicants could feel inhibited about talking about their claim which could affect the decision.”

According to the report, the Home Office’s Asylum Operations unit had “confirmed stakeholders’ concerns, commenting that with some LGBTQI+ claims they could ‘feel the tension’ between the applicant and interpreter.”

Read more here: https://www.pinknews.co.uk/2020/11/11/lgbt-people-asylum-interpreters-home-office-report/

 

An inspection of the Home Office’s use of language services in the asylum process

 https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/an-inspection-of-the-home-offices-use-of-language-services-in-the-asylum-process

11 November 2020

An inspection of the Home Office’s use of language services in the asylum process

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/933930/An_inspection_of_the_Home_Office_s_use_of_language_services_in_the_asylum_process.pdf

 

A response to an inspection of the Home Office’s use of language services in the asylum process

 https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/response-to-an-inspection-of-the-home-offices-use-of-language-services-in-the-asylum-process/a-response-to-an-inspection-of-the-home-offices-use-of-language-services-in-the-asylum-process-accessible-version

11 November 2020

A response to an inspection of the Home Office’s use of language services in the asylum process

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/response-to-an-inspection-of-the-home-offices-use-of-language-services-in-the-asylum-process/a-response-to-an-inspection-of-the-home-offices-use-of-language-services-in-the-asylum-process-accessible-version

 

Tuesday, 10 November 2020

"no interpreter attended"

 https://www.portsmouth.co.uk/news/crime/portsmouth-man-muhib-uddin-admits-raping-woman-19-southsea-3031590

10th November 2020

No interpreter attended court at two separate hearings, meaning no plea could be taken until today. […] Last month when no interpreter was present, judge Ashworth said he would speak to the appropriate person to explain it was ‘completely inappropriate’ that contractor Big Word did not provide someone. At the hearing on October 20 he said it was ‘very bad news’ the case was delayed.

Monday, 9 November 2020

NUBSLI raise concerns over the conduct of Language Empire

 https://uniteforoursociety.org/blog/nubsli-raise-concerns-over-the-conduct-of-language-empire/

9th November 2020

NUBSLI raise concerns over the conduct of Language Empire

The National Union of British Sign Language Interpreters (NUBSLI), which is part of Unite the union, is writing to NHS clinical commissioning groups (CCG) in the north west of England after the interpreting provider Language Empire was ordered to pay £240,000 in damages over masquerading as a competitor to win contracts with the NHS, police forces and civil service. […]

Read more here: https://uniteforoursociety.org/blog/nubsli-raise-concerns-over-the-conduct-of-language-empire/

Wednesday, 28 October 2020

"interpreter failed to appear"

 https://www.countypress.co.uk/news/18825066.man-appear-crown-court-accused-child-sex-offences/

28.10.20

[…] appeared at the Isle of Wight Crown Court on Monday to face three charges of sexual assault against a child aged under 13 years, but was unable to give his pleas after his Russian interpreter failed to appear.

 

PQ: 28th October 2020

 https://www.theyworkforyou.com/wrans/?id=2020-10-14.HL9179.h

Migrant Workers: Interpreters and Teachers

Home Office written question – answered on 28th October 2020.

Baroness Coussins Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the recommendations in the report by the Migration Advisory Committee Review of the Shortage Occupation List: 2020, published on 29 September, that (1) teachers of modern foreign languages in secondary schools, and (2) interpreters, should be included on that list; and what plans they have to implement those recommendations.

Baroness Williams of Trafford The Minister of State, Home Department

The independent Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) published its report on the Shortage Occupation List on 29 September. This can be found here: www.gov.uk/government/publications/review-of-the-shortage-occupation-list-2020.

We are considering carefully its recommendations before commenting on whether specific occupations will be included and taking any final decisions.

SOL 2020 - Report Final (pdf, 8535.5KB)

Wednesday, 21 October 2020

"No interpreter was present in court"

https://www.portsmouth.co.uk/news/crime/southsea-rape-accused-31-appears-portsmouth-crown-court-ahead-trial-3009101

21st October 2020 

Southsea rape accused, 31, appears at Portsmouth Crown Court ahead of trial

Muhib Uddin, 31, of Newcomen Road in Stamshaw, Portsmouth, was due to enter a plea at Portsmouth Crown Court on Tuesday.

He is accused of raping a 19-year-old woman on August 29 in an alleyway off Clarendon Road.

No interpreter was present in court.

Judge William Ashworth adjourned the case to November 10.

The case was previously adjourned on October 5 to October 20 as no interpreter attended.

No plea was entered at the hearing yesterday.

Thursday, 15 October 2020

"adjourned so the court can get an interpreter"

https://www.gazetteandherald.co.uk/news/18796895.dock-magistrates-court-cases/

15th October 2020

Trowbridge: Olivian Mahai, 43, of Tudor Drive has had his case for speeding and driving without insurance on Elizabeth Way adjourned so the court can get a Romanian interpreter. He pleaded guilty.

 

Friday, 9 October 2020

Share your views on language services in the local NHS

https://www.champnews.com/story.asp?id=GN4_ART_1733608

Share your views on language services in the local NHS

Sefton patients are being urged to share their views on language services used in the NHS across Liverpool.

The team at NHS Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are asking people for virws on services including interpreters, translated materials, and alternative format information.

Currently each local NHS organisation is responsible for organising their own language services, but sometimes this has led to variations in quality of service and poor patient experience. As part of improving care for patients who depend on language services, the local NHS is now looking at ways to introduce a more consistent approach to contracting arrangements across all health services in Liverpool and Sefton.

This includes the care provided in local hospitals, GP surgeries, GP out of hours, community healthcare, and mental health services. To help inform planning, between now and the end of October, the CCG is seeking the views of language service users, health professionals, community groups, and language service providers.

People can share their views by filling out a short online questionnaire at www.liverpoolccg.nhs.uk or by requesting a paper version of the questionnaire by calling 0151 247 6409, emailing communications@liverpoolccg.nhs.uk, or texting 07920 206 386. These contact details can also be used to request this information in another language or format, if required. […]