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Agenda Item No. 9

Matter which the Chairman has decided is urgent in order to respond to Welsh Government by 31st October 2016

The Vale of Glamorgan Council

Learning and Culture Scrutiny Committee: 17 October 2016

Report of the Head of Performance and Development

Consultation on a Welsh Government Draft Strategy: "A Million Welsh Speakers by 2050"

Purpose of the Report

  1. To consider the Council's proposed response to a Welsh Government draft strategy: "A million Welsh speakers by 2050".

Recommendation

  1. That the Learning and Culture Scrutiny Committee consider the proposed response to the Welsh Government draft strategy referred to above and refer any comments to Cabinet for consideration.

Reason for the Recommendation

  1. To enable the Council to express its views about the strategy.

Background

  1. On 1 August 2016 the Welsh Government published a consultation document on a draft strategy: "A million Welsh speakers by 2050" (Appendix A). The draft strategy supersedes Welsh Government's current Welsh language strategy, "A living language: a language for living" (2012-2017). Responses to the consultation are required by 31 October 2016.
  2. Appendix B is a proposed response to the draft strategy, addressing the questions asked in Welsh Government's consultation. It is being referred to Learning and Culture as the Scrutiny Committee with the remit for Welsh language matters.

Relevant Issues and Options

  1. The strategy outlines a vision of a million Welsh speakers by 2050, and outlines the "areas of development" of planning and language policy, normalisation, education, people, support and rights as means of achieving the vision.
  2. The Committee's views are sought on the proposed responses in relation to these areas of development at Appendix B.

Resource Implications (Financial and Employment)

  1. There are no immediate implications arising from responding to the consultation. Clearly, however, resources are being and will continue to be expended with the aim of increasing the number of Welsh speakers in the Vale of Glamorgan. Welsh medium education is a prime means of achieving this, and other Council activities such as implementing the Welsh language standards and funding bodies such as the Urdd and Menter Bro Morgannwg also have resource implications.

Sustainability and Climate Change Implications

  1. Sustainable Development has at its heart the integration of social, cultural, economic and environmental well-being. The Council's policy in respect of the Welsh language contributes to this integration.

Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)

  1. The Welsh Government strategy proposes six development areas as a basis for action over the long term; however, there are no specific proposals in the document to introduce new legislation.

Crime and Disorder Implications

  1. There are no crime and disorder implications arising from this report.

Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)

  1. This report focuses on the development of the Welsh language in the Vale of Glamorgan.

Corporate/Service Objectives

  1. The Corporate Plan has as a Well-being outcome "An aspirational and culturally vibrant Vale", an objective "Valuing culture and diversity" and two actions, "Work with partners to promote the use of the Welsh language" and "Implement the Welsh Language Standards to improve access to services and information". This report is in accordance with these aims.

Policy Framework and Budget

  1. This is a matter for Cabinet determination.

Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)

  1. No consultation has been necessary for the drafting of this report.

Relevant Scrutiny Committee

  1. Learning and Culture

Background Papers

Welsh Government draft strategy "A million Welsh speakers by 2050"

Contact Officer

Huw Isaac, tel 01446 709760

Officers Consulted

Paula Ham, Interim Director of Learning and Skills

Responsible Officer:

Huw Isaac - Head of Performance and Development

 

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