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Matter Which the Chairman has Decided is Urgent by Reason of the Need that the Annual Monitoring Report has to be Submitted to the Welsh Language Commissioner by 30th June, 2013

 

Agenda Item No.

 

THE VALE OF GLAMORGAN COUNCIL

 

CABINET: 17TH JUNE, 2013

 

REFERENCE FROM SCRUTINY COMMITTEE (CORPORATE RESOURCES): 4TH JUNE, 2013

 

 

"           WELSH LANGUAGE SCHEME ANNUAL MONITORING REPORT 2012-13 (MD) -

 

The Operational Manager for Corporate Policy and Communications presented the report by advising that its purpose was to apprise Members of the details of the Annual Report and the update to the Welsh Language Commissioner on the achievement of actions within the Welsh Language Scheme.  It was noted that the one previous annual report had been submitted on the current Welsh Language Scheme and was available for information on the Council's website.  The report for 2013 was attached at Appendix 1 to the report which included areas the Council had improved.

 

The report highlighted there was a statutory requirement on the Council to publish and implement the Welsh Language Scheme under the Welsh Language Act 1993.  The Welsh Language Scheme would be replaced in time with the Welsh Language Standards under the Welsh Language Wales Measure 2011.

 

During consideration of the report, Members were informed that the Welsh Web Translator had recently left the Council and that officers were currently   recruiting for that position.  Members thought that collaborative working with other local authorities was a possible way forward but the officer advised that the Welsh Government had been undertaking research into providing a collaborative approach across Wales but this had recently been put on hold.  Officers had also tried to establish a collaborative approach with officers in neighbouring authorities but this had not been successful to date.  Members then suggested that an approach would be for elected members in authorities to discuss the issue and if possible develop arrangements and that this view should be expressed to Cabinet.

 

RECOMMENDED -

 

(1)       T H A T the report and the Appendix be referred to Cabinet for consideration prior to the submission of the Annual Monitoring Report to the Welsh Language Commissioner by 30th June, 2013.

 

(2)       T H A T Cabinet be requested to consider engaging in conversations with neighbouring authorities regarding collaborative working in relation to Welsh Language translation.

 

Reasons for recommendations

 

(1)       In order to provide the required information to the Welsh Language Commissioner.

 

(2)       In order to pursue a collaborative approach by Elected Members."

 

 

Attached as Appendix - Report to Scrutiny Committee (Corporate Resources): 4th June, 2013

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