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Caerphilly Council’s Welsh Language Strategy 2017-2022 Approved

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Caerphilly County Borough Council’s Welsh Language Strategy 2017-2022 has been approved.

The Welsh Language Strategy, which sets out Caerphilly Council’s strategy to promote the Welsh language and facilitate the use of the Welsh language in the area has been approved following a meeting of Council.

Caerphilly Council’s five year Welsh Language Strategy will introduce a target to increase the number of Welsh speakers within the borough by 3% over the five year period, through a number of initiatives and activities, delivered with local partners, to support groups and individuals within the area who are Welsh speakers.

penalltahouse762The Welsh Language Strategy contains 6 key areas to be considered with regards to the Welsh language. These are; the family, children and young people, communities, Welsh language services, the workplace and infrastructure (policies and practices).

Cllr Barbara Jones, Cabinet Member of Corporate Services said:

“Caerphilly County Borough Council’s new five year Welsh Language Strategy has been designed to increase the number of Welsh speakers within the county borough by 3% over the 5 year period.  The strategy has been developed with partners in the local Welsh Language Forum and will be monitored by them,, in conjunction with the Local Authority, activity will be reported on an annual basis. I look forward to seeing how the new strategy contributes towards increasing the use of the Welsh language”.

Caerphilly County Borough Council’s Welsh Language Strategy 2017 – 2022 has been proposed as part of the Welsh Language Standards and in support of  the draft Welsh Government strategy to increase the number of Welsh speakers in Wales to 1 million by 2050. The next official measure of the number of Welsh speakers within the county borough will be measured using the 2021 Census.