A COUNCIL officer with severe dyslexia is ‘devastated’ after sending out a letter informing an immigrants group about English courses which was littered with spelling errors.
Cheshire West and Chester Council accepts the letter, which contains four spelling mistakes and two grammatical errors, should have been checked.
And the council insists there is no blame on the part of the writer of the letter, which featured in Private Eye’s Gobbledegook column, with no question of disciplinary action.
Spokesman Ian Callister said: “The letter in question was composed by a young trainee who has severe dyslexia. It should not have gone out in draft form but was dispatched before checking.
“The trainee concerned was not at fault but is unfortunately devastated. I’m sure that whoever sent the letter to Private Eye might not have done so had they been aware of both the circumstances and the consequences.”
The letter was written as a follow-up to a home visit by a migration community advocate after the householder had asked for help with English.
The council officer wrote: “You also requested some information on the prevision of English Language Courses for members of your organisation.
“If they ring 01244 670567 and indicate you are interested in improving your English, they will be able to organise the classes that are best suited to there ability.”
The letter continues: “I also have attached the information about gaining British Citizen Ship and gaining the rite to vote in the elections.”