There is a need to establish a language authority that will lead the work of promoting the Welsh language. This is claimed by Dyfodol i’r Iaith following a call by Gareth Jones to establish such a body.
Heini Gruffudd, Chairman of Dyfodol i’r Iaith, said “Since the summer we have been calling for such a body. It has been more and more apparent that there is a need for a new arrangement that will on the one hand safeguard the Welsh language, as the environment is protected, but an arrangement that will on the other hand map a flourishing future for the language.”
“In spite of the Government’s good, it has become obvious that piecemeal decisions are made without coordination. Policies are needed across government departments, which connect with one another and which promote Welsh creatively.”
“The Welsh Language Commissioner’s work, – although valuable – and the good will of civil servants have not established a system that makes a difference for Welsh. A language authority, run by experts in language planning, and with more powers than the old Welsh Language Board, is essential.”
“We are looking forward to convincing political parties that this is a matter of urgency for the Welsh Assembly and the language.”