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Welsh Language Standards

Published: 10/02/2017

Flintshire County Council’s Cabinet will be asked to note and endorse the Council’s successful result on negotiated Standards for Welsh language. Councillors will hear the outcome of negotiations with the Welsh Language Commissioner (WLC) regarding a new set of Welsh Language Standards for the Council. These Standards, which are being implemented throughout Wales, will replace the Council’s Welsh Language Scheme. Following positive and constructive discussions with the WLC, the Council has now agreed amendments, exemptions and deferred implementation dates to the Standards, specific to Flintshire. Flintshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Corporate Management, Councillor Billy Mullin, said: “This is a good outcome for Flintshire. The Council is fully committed to the Welsh language and we now have a positive result for the small number of issues we raised with the WLC – these included things like our intranet, public address system messages and signage. “We now have a set of practical and realistic standards which reinforce our commitment to bilingualism whilst not being a cost burden. In a report to be presented later this year, we will be introducing a Language Promotion Strategy which will raise the profile and strengthen the Welsh language in Flintshire.”