I have just had the following response to an FOI request I put in for details on how much Greater Manchester Police spend a year on interpreters ;
The information in regards to Interpreter fees is as follows. Please note that we only information from 2002:
2002/03 - £351,891
2003/04 - £546,340
2004/05 - £687,836
2005/06 – 775,992
2006/07 - £951,019
2007/08 - £956,461
2008/09 - £1,115,732
Note that the year 2009 has not finished yet so we can expect another £ 200,000 at least.
It would not cost a penny if we did not allow anyone settle in Britain if they could not speak English.