AGENDA ITEM NO. 7.2
COUNTY COUNCIL
15TH APRIL 2014

EXECUTIVE BOARD RECOMMENDATION:
Welsh Language Census Working Group: the Welsh Language in Carmarthenshire following the 2011 Census
Purpose: Consider and accept the Census Working Group’s recommendations.

EXECUTIVE BOARD RECOMMENDATION:-

That the recommendations of the Welsh Language Census Working Group be accepted, and the report be published and the public be invited to submit their suggestions and views on the proposals, with the responses being presented to a future Executive Board for consideration.

REASONS:

The Welsh Language Census Working Group has undertaken detailed research and analysis following the 2011 Census results in relation to the Language.

Scrutiny Committee recommendations / comments: Not applicable

Exec Board Decision Required YES
Council Decision Required YES

Directorate
Name of Head of Service:
Chris Burns

Report Author:
Welsh Language Census Working Group

Designations:
Assistant Chief Executive

Tel Nos.

E Mail Addresses:
cpburns@carmarthenshire.gov.uk

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
COUNTY COUNCIL
15TH APRIL 2014

Welsh Language Census Working Group: the Welsh Language in Carmarthenshire following the 2011 Census

Purpose: Consider and accept the Census Working Group’s recommendations.

    Following the publication of the 2011 Census results and the decline in the number of Welsh speakers in Carmarthenshire, the full Council agreed to establish a Task and Finish Group to research into the factors that have led to the decline and to formulate recommendations in order to address the situation. The group comprised nine elected members with 3 representatives from the Labour Party, 3 from the Independent group and 3 from Plaid Cymru.

    The members of the working group agreed on eight priority areas which are:
    ● Planning (affordable Homes and the language within sustainable development)
    ● Education (nursery, statutory, further, higher and second language acquisition)
    ● Language and Economy
    ● Welsh medium workplaces and the Council’s Welsh language administration
    ● The impact of organisations who Works for the benefit of the Welsh language, such as the Mentrau Iaith
    ● Opportunities to use the Welsh language in the community (Welsh for Adults and use of Welsh outside the school)
    ● Language Transmission in the family
    ● Marketing the Language

Evidence was given by a number of organisations and individuals with regard to the priority areas and the following recommendations were agreed upon.

DETAILED REPORT ATTACHED?

YES

IMPLICATIONS

I confirm that other than those implications which have been agreed with the appropriate Directors / Heads of Service and are referred to in detail below, there are no other implications associated with this report :

Signed: Chris Burns Assistant Chief Executive (Customer Focus & Policy)

Policy, Crime & Disorder and Equalities

Legal

Finance

ICT

Risk Management Issues

Staffing Implications

Physical Assets

YES

YES

YES

NONE

NONE

YES

NONE

1. Policy, Crime & Disorder and Equalities

The Local Authority holds a statutory responsibility under the Welsh language Act 1993 and the Welsh Language Measure 2011 to provide services in both Welsh and English and to promote the Language in our communities.

2. Legal
There are legal implications to non-compliance with the Welsh Language Measure 2011.

3. Finance
Some of the recommendations of the Gweithgor will require additional capacity in terms of support and co-ordination. The main area where this is required is within the education recommendations where it is recognised that dedicated officer time will be required to take forward the recommendations. This additional capacity will need to be taken forward by the Council in discussion with Welsh Government

4. Staffing Implications
There are no direct staffing implications to the recommendations outlined in the report and there will be no changes to contractual arrangements for existing staff. However, some of the recommendations may lead to changes in the Council’s future recruitment practices.

CONSULTATIONS

I confirm that the appropriate consultations have taken in place and the outcomes are as detailed below

Signed: Chris Burns Assistant Chief Executive (Customer Focus & Policy)

    1. Scrutiny Committee

Not applicable

    2. Local Member(s)

A cross party Task and Finish Group has undertaken a detailed piece of research in order to reach these recommendations.

    3. Community / Town Council

Not applicable.

    4. Relevant Partners

Key organisations, partners and local communities have been invited to provide evidence for the Group’s consideration.

    5. Staff Side Representatives and other Organisations

No current consultation.

Section 100D Local Government Act, 1972 – Access to Information
List of Background Papers used in the preparation of this report:

Title of Document

File Ref No.

Locations that the papers are available for public inspection

2011 Census Results

 

Available from Lesley Rees / Bethan James
Policy & Partnership Team

Research Document prepared by Dr Dylan Phillips

 

Available from Bethan James / Llinos Evans
Policy & Partnership Team