A LP Translation Fund & Service

People respond best to messages in their first language. At the moment the Labour Party website has no non-English reading option; branches are left to fend for themselves, which means uneven provision. A search in a non-English language for the sort of help a local Labour Party provides yields nothing. A central translation exchange, to which CLPs and branches could apply for translations of (particularly online) materials into certain second languages, would allow local organisations to reach constituents more effectively and start conversations they otherwise might not have been able to start. Members fluent in a language could declare the fact and volunteer an amount of time to deliver translations. For languages not covered in this way, a fund could be established to pay professionals. It would be a relatively simple way of engaging a wider group of people.

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  • Sue Fewster
    commented 2016-07-30 20:39:47 +0100
    Wouldn’t this exclude English speakers from speaking to members from other cultures? Better that we invest any money in ensuring all our citizens can speak English in my view.
  • Sue Fewster
    tagged this with dislike 2016-07-30 20:39:46 +0100
  • Roger Luffman
    commented 2016-05-08 12:04:36 +0100
    Excellent suggestion. Many people particularly women who are largely confined to their home have little or no English. Perhaps this would be best introduced on a regional basis, and we must not forget there are people in the UK who use Welsh, Scots, Scots Gaelic, Irish Gaelic and perhaps Cornish as their first language
  • Roger Luffman
    tagged this with love 2016-05-08 12:04:36 +0100
  • Mary Lloyd
    commented 2016-05-05 01:37:03 +0100
    This idea has some merit, though I think most people in UK, whatever their first language, are accustomed to using English, even if it’d not their first language.
  • Mary Lloyd
    tagged this with neutral 2016-05-05 01:37:02 +0100
  • Chris Everett
    commented 2016-05-04 19:10:22 +0100
    If specific communities want to have specific language pages they can get someone from the community to translate the English pages or create their own pages and be responsible for the content.
  • Chris Everett
    tagged this with dislike 2016-05-04 19:10:21 +0100
  • Neil Stretton
    tagged this with dislike 2016-05-03 17:53:49 +0100
  • Ian Ellard
    published this page in Join the debate 2016-05-03 13:51:03 +0100