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Big rise in interpreter costs

4 January 2008

Costs of providing interpreters in Scottish courts in cases where the accused is not a native English speaker are up by nearly 300% in three years.

According to figures just released, the total spent in 2006-07 was £653,000 compared with £167,000 in 2003-04, a rise of 291%.

In Glasgow the bill came to £103,000, with Edinburgh almost as high at £102,000 (up from £14,000 in 2003-04).

The figures reflect the rise in foreign migrant workers, especially from Eastern Europe, in recent years.