Five important steps have been taken to promote the Welsh language this year, according to Dyfodol i’r Iaith, the Welsh language lobby group. Dyfodol i’r Iaith has held discussions in many fields, and this is starting to bear fruit, according to the Chair, Heini Gruffudd.
The five successes are:
- Establishing a National Entity for Welsh for Adults
- Plans to establish four Welsh Centres in four towns in Wales
- The possibility of two Welsh medium radio channels
- Care Council for Wales’ resource on using Welsh in social care
- Carmarthenshire’s education policy, as part of a far reaching language policy for the county.
Heini Gruffudd, Chair of Dyfodol i’r Iaith, said “We have had a positive response from politicians and by many committees and bodies during the year, and it’s good to see that many of our suggestions are now being accepted.”
“All of the five steps involve extending the use of spoken Welsh and creating fair condition for acquiring new Welsh speakers.”
“It is crucial that those responsible for putting the five steps into practice do so effectively and with conviction, so that good operating models are established.”
During the next month we will concentrate on ensuring that Welsh is given proper recognition by the Planning Bill which is under consideration by the Government.”