Scottish authorities have paid out almost £350,000 on translators for prisoners, a Freedom of Information request has revealed. 

The Scottish Express report:

Figures have revealed that the Scottish Prison Service has spent almost £250,000 since 2008 on ­interpretation services for just a tiny fraction of inmates.

Foreigners make up just over three per cent of Scotland’s prison population, but taxpayers are being forced to fork out £136 a day on translators for them.

The figures have sparked anger, with critics demanding that foreign prisoners be made to learn English rather than burdening the public purse .

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I am a journalist and author. I am a staff writer at the UK edition of WIRED magazine and in 2015 my book, Freedom of Information: A Practical Guide for UK Journalists, was published. I created FOI Directory in 2012.