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  • Mar 18, 2012
  • 02:07 AM

Millions of pounds spent on Government department translations

Robert Watts / Telegraph.co.uk
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) can deal with claimants in 165 languages, providing translators at taxpayers’ expense. Among the languages it offers is Pidgin, a variant of English which is the native tongue of an estimated 2 per cent of Nigeria’s population. A Pidgin-speaker who told Jobcentre staff “I wan go job but I no well” would have his words translated, using the publicly-funded service, as “I would like to work but I am sick.”

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