Following the publication of the 2011 Census results where a decline was seen in the number of Welsh speakers in Carmarthenshire to 43.9% of the population (from 50.3% in 2001), we agreed to establish a Task and Finish Group of cross party elected members to research into the factors that have led to the decline and to formulate recommendations in order to address the situation. As part of the research, Dr Dylan Phillips was commissioned to prepare a detailed statistical report on the state of the Welsh language in Carmarthenshire.
The report and recommendations of the Census Working Group was presented to full Council in April 2014 and by accepting the report ‘The Welsh Language in Carmarthenshire’ (March 2014) we have reaffirmed our commitment to the Welsh Language in the county.
The Working Group’s report and the work of the Council focus on the following eight areas:
- Language and Economy
- Welsh medium workplaces and the Council’s administration
- The impact of organisations who work for the benefit of the Welsh language, such as the Mentrau Iaith
- Opportunities to use the Welsh language in the community
- Language Transmission in the family
- Marketing the Language
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