On 24 March 2015, The Welsh Language Standards Regulations (No.1) 2015 were passed in the National Assembly for Wales Plenary Session, which imposed standards on county councils and county borough councils in Wales, national park authorities and Welsh Ministers.
The Welsh Language Commissioner issued a Compliance Notice on 30th September 2015 indicating which standards were to be applied to the Council and from which date.
The Council has challenged 55 of these standards; the Commissioner has considered that the challenge on 54 of the Standards is valid.
In accordance with section 60(2) of the Measure, the requirement on Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council to comply with these standards has been postponed until:
- the Commissioner has determined whether or not the requirement is unreasonable or disproportionate, and
- P’s rights to appeal are exhausted.