The Vale of Glamorgan Council – which currently has its own Welsh translation unit – is considering a £150,000 a year with Cardiff Council for Cardiff to carry out the Vale’s translation work on its behalf.
The Vale Council would enter into an initial one year translation deal with Cardiff Council starting immediately and then look for “the most economically advantageous provider” to provide the service afterwards from 2017 onwards .
The Welsh Government’s Welsh Language Commissioner had sent a “compliance note” to the Vale Council in September last year . The Vale Council currently employs one and a half officers on a full-time basis in the council’s own in-house translation unit but has already decided to discontinue this arrangement and use what it calls “a partner council” instead.
However, of all the councils in the area, only Cardiff Council was prepared to take it on.