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Agenda Item No. 4

 

The Vale of Glamorgan Council

 

Learning and Culture Scrutiny Committee: 13 February 2017

 

Report of the Head of Performance and Development

 

Welsh Language Promotion Strategy

 

Purpose of the Report

  1. To seek comments on the Council's revised Welsh Language Promotion Strategy (Appendix A) following consultation.

Recommendations

  1. That the Scrutiny Committee notes the amendments made to the strategy following consultation.
  2. That the Scrutiny Committee comments on the revised version of the strategy.
  3. That the Scrutiny Committee refers any comments to Cabinet for consideration before final approval of the strategy.

Reasons for the Recommendations

  1. To comply with the requirements of the Welsh Language (Wales) Measure.
  2. To ensure that the Scrutiny Committee's comments on the Strategy are referred to Cabinet for their consideration.

Background

  1. The Welsh Language (Wales) Measure was enacted by the Welsh Assembly in 2011.
  2. The Welsh Language Commissioner issued every Local Authority in Wales with a Compliance Notice, which includes a list of 172 Standards, in September 2015.
  3. Standard 145 of the Compliance Notice requires the Council to produce and publish a 5 year strategy which sets out how the Council will promote and facilitate the use of the Welsh Language more widely in the Vale of Glamorgan. The strategy should also include a target for increasing or maintaining the percentage of Welsh speakers in the Vale of Glamorgan and a statement on how the target will be reached. The strategy should be reviewed or revised every 5 years.
  4. A public consultation on the draft strategy for the Vale of Glamorgan ran for a period of six weeks from December 2016 to January 2017. The draft strategy was considered by the Learning and Culture Scrutiny Committee in its meeting of 12  December 2016 as part of the consultation.
  5. In addition to comments received in that meeting, the Council received feedback on the draft strategy from a number of stakeholders, including:

    Menter Bro Morgannwg
    Operational Manager for Leisure, Vale of Glamorgan Council
    Vale of Glamorgan Council Children and Young People's Partnership
    Vale of Glamorgan Council Sport and Play Development
    Operational Manager, Strategy and Resources
    Governing Body of Evenlode Primary School
    Flying Start, Vale of Glamorgan Council
    School Improvement and Inclusion, Vale of Glamorgan Council
    Vale of Glamorgan residents.
  6. Appendix B outlines the responses received and whether they are reflected in the revised Strategy. The feedback received was mostly positive, with some of the requested amendments to the action plan designed to ensure that the actions were appropriate and achievable.

Relevant Issues and Options

  1. If approved the strategy and its Action Plan will be implemented by 31 March 2017

Resource Implications (Financial and Employment)

  1. Funding for this strategy is derived from a number of sources. It is not envisaged that additional Council resources will be required.

Sustainability and Climate Change Implications

  1. The strategy contributes to the "Valuing Culture and Diversity" national well-being goal and is a key part of working sustainably with partner organisations.

Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)

  1. Failure to publish and implement the Welsh Language Promotion Strategy would be a breach of the Council's obligations under the Welsh Language (Wales) Measure and could result in a fine.

Crime and Disorder Implications

  1. There are no crime and disorder implications.

Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)

  1. The aim of this strategy is to have a positive impact on the Welsh Language and the Welsh speaking population of the Vale of Glamorgan.

Corporate/Service Objectives

  1. The priorities and principles of the Welsh Language Promotion Strategy contribute to the Council's Well-being Outcome 3:  An Aspirational and Culturally Vibrant Vale. Under the objective of Valuing Culture and Diversity the actions "Work with partners to promote the Welsh Language" and "Implement the Welsh Language Standards to improve access to services and information" are relevant.

Policy Framework and Budget

  1. This is a matter for Executive decision by Cabinet.

Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)

  1. A public consultation.

Relevant Scrutiny Committee

  1. Learning and Culture

Background Papers

None

Contact Officer

Huw Isaac, Head of Performance and Development

Officers Consulted

Trevor Baker, Operational Manager Strategy and Resources

Andrew Borsden, Lead Officer Social Inclusion and Wellbeing

Jeremy Morgan, Senior Governor Support Officer

Phil Southard, Culture and Community Learning Manager
Mared Furnham, Welsh for Adults Co-ordinator

Mark Davies, Children and Young People's Partnership Manager

Amber Condy, Flying Start Manager

David Knevett, Operational Manager Leisure

Suzanne Clifton, Interim Head of Business Management and Innovation

Debbie Maule, Children's Partnership Co-ordinator

Becky Wickett, Information Officer, Family Information Service

Responsible Officer:

Huw Isaac, Head of Performance and Development

 

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