Decision details

WITS (Wales Interpretation and Translation Service): Transfer of hosting responsibilities from Gwent Police to City of Cardiff Council

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


The service was launched in 2009 (with support of Welsh Government grant) as a “one-stop-shop” designed to improve the access to public services for vulnerable people whose first language isn’t English or Welsh and those who may be disadvantaged by a disability.


The service is currently hosted by Gwent Police however they have been seeking a Local Authority partner to take over hosting responsibilities due to the legal restrictions they have with regards to the running and development of the service.


Proposal to move the service over to City of Cardiff Council to host the service by end of financial year.




AGREED; that


1.            The Wales Interpretation and Translation Service hosting responsibilities are transferred from Gwent Police to City of Cardiff Council.


2.            Authority be delegated to the Director of Communities, Housing and Customer Services in consultation with the portfolio Member for Corporate Services and Performance. 


                       i.          To approve the detail of the collaboration agreement between the WITS Members and to conclude the collaboration agreement; and

                      ii.          To deal with all aspects associated with the hosting and running of the WITS Service, including the carrying out of any procurements required 


3.            It be noted that, should the transfer be approved, a future cabinet report is received on the potential expansion of the service.


Publication date: 20/01/2017

Date of decision: 19/01/2017

Decided at meeting: 19/01/2017 - Cabinet

Effeithiol O: 01/02/2017

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