I would be grateful if you would treat this letter as a formal request for disclosure of the following information, under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 ('FoI').
Description of information sought:
- Please inform me of the total amount of money spent by Brentwood Borough Council on translating information leaflets/pamphlets/fliers etc into languages other than English in each of the following years: 2006/07, 2007/08, 2008/09, 2009/10 and 2010/11
- Please inform me of the total number of leaflets/pamphlets/fliers etc translated into other languages in each of the following years: 2006/07, 2007/08, 2008/09, 2009/10 and 2010/11 (e.g. 10,000 in 2009/10)
- Please inform me how many different types of leaflet/pamphlet/flier have been translated into other languages in each of the following years: 2006/07, 2007/08, 2008/09, 2009/10 and 2010/11 (e.g. 25 different leaflets in 2009/10)
Please inform me what languages Brentwood Borough Council has translated leaflets into since 2006/07
Please inform me what foreign languages are currently catered for by Brentwood Borough Council in terms of leaflets
Please tell me what leaflets are translated - e.g. how to claim council tax benefit, guidance on business rates etc
Please advise me who does the translating - is it in house or a private company? In the event it is the latter, please provide the firm's name
Please advise me of the amount of any other expenditure by Brentwood Borough Council on translators or translating services in each of the years 2006/07, 2007/08, 2008/09, 2009/10 and 2010/11 - for each of these years, if there has been any expenditure, please state what this relates to, who provided it and why it was needed
Thank you for your recent Freedom of Information Request concerning translation.
A similar request was received by a member of the press in May 2010 and since that time we have no update. I have attached a copy of the request and answers for your information.