Welsh Language Promotion Strategy
As per Standard 145, the Council is required to draw up, publish and to draw up an action plan to promote the Welsh language with the aim of increasing language use and the number of Welsh speakers in the county borough.
As part of the development of the Welsh Language Promotion Strategy a consultation exercise was undertaken on the draft Strategy between 25 May and 22 June 2018. An overview of the responses received and how they informed the Strategy have been included in the Consultation Report.
Welsh Language Standards
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.
The Welsh Language Commissioner has made her final determination on the Council’s challenge and has issued a final compliance notice, which can be viewed below
The Welsh Language Standards Annual Report 2019-2020 was due to be published on 30 June 2020, but has been delayed due to the immediate response required by the Council to the global pandemic