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Welsh Language

In April 2016, our Welsh Language Standards came in to force.  The Standards are a set of 174 instructions from the Welsh Language Commissioner under the Welsh Language Measure (Wales) 2011.

The Standards replace the Welsh Language Scheme and they provide us with a new framework to direct how we:

  1. deliver services in Welsh,
  2. make policy in a way that promotes the Welsh language,
  3. operate through the medium of Welsh,
  4. promote the Welsh Language,
  5. keep records about the Welsh Language.

The Standards' main principle is that the we will not treat the Welsh language less favourably than the English language when delivering services and operating from day to day.

It is required that the Council prepares an Annual Report to provide detail on the implementation of the Welsh Language Standards to confirm compliance and to report on performance.

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Welsh in Education Strategic Plan
The purpose of Carmarthenshire’s Welsh in Education Strategic Plan (WESP) is to detail how we aim to achieve the Welsh Government’s outcomes and targets outlined in their Welsh Medium Education Strategy (WMES).

The WMES sets out the Welsh Government’s vision for an education and training system that responds in a planned way to the growing demand for Welsh-medium education. The aim is to facilitate an increase in the number of people of all ages able to use the Welsh language with their families, in their communities and in the workplace.  Carmarthenshire’s WESP is a key vehicle for creating an improved planning system for Welsh-medium education.

The WESP will provide the means for the Welsh Government to monitor the way in which we respond and contribute to the implementation of the WMES objectives.

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Aiming to make the Welsh language the county’s main language…

We have a new Strategy for promoting the Welsh Language in the county, which has been developed jointly by several organisations working for the Welsh language in Carmarthenshire. The strategy sets out what needs to be done in the county to restore the language by increasing the numbers who can speak Welsh, by increasing the situations in which people can and choose to use Welsh, by raising the status of the language, by supporting communities to maintain the language and by having a positive impact on population movements. There will be an action plan to accompany this Strategy which will identify actions and provide a timetable for implementation.

Read our Strategy to Promote the Welsh Language in Carmarthenshire 2016-2021 (.pdf)

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