London, UK (UKPA): Justice minister Crispin Blunt has admitted there have been “problems” with the recent privatisation of court interpretation services but insisted the situation is “rapidly improving”. There have been complaints from interpreters that they are facing worse pay and conditions under the new private contract with Applied Language Solutions (ALS). Since the new system began on February 1, proceedings have been held up by the failure of interpreters to turn up or demonstrate the necessary competence in court, it has been claimed.
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