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A living language: a language for living - Welsh language strategy 2012 to 2017

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This is the strategy for the promotion and facilitation of the use of Welsh language in everyday life.

The strategy was due to come to an end on 31 March 2017 however on 6 April 2017 Alun Davies, Minister for Lifelong Learning and Welsh Language, informed Assembly Members that the work of drafting a long term Welsh language strategy was ongoing and that the intention was to publish it in the summer of 2017. The new draft strategy sets out our long-term vision which spans over a period between 2017 and 2050 with the ambition to reach a million Welsh speakers by 2050.

In the meantime, the current strategy: A living language: a language for living and the current action plan will continue to be operational.

A living language: a language for living - Welsh language strategy 2012 to 2017

Our vision is to see the Welsh language thriving in Wales. To achieve that, the strategy aims to see an increase in the number of people who both speak and use the language. Our six aims are:

  • to encourage and support the use of the Welsh language within families
  • to increase the provision of Welsh-medium activities for children and young people and to increase their awareness of the value of the language
  • to strengthen the position of the Welsh language in the community
  • to increase opportunities for people to use Welsh in the workplace
  • to improve Welsh language services to citizens
  • to strengthen the infrastructure for the language, including digital technology.

The strategy also emphasises the importance of our Welsh-medium Education Strategy as an essential component in producing the Welsh speakers of the future - alongside encouraging the use of the language in families.

A living language: a language for living – Moving forward: 2014-2017

The purpose of this policy statement was to set out our focus over the final three years of the strategy. This statement was informed by a number of developments since we published our strategy in 2012. These include the following:

  • The 2011 Census results on the Welsh language published incrementally since December 2012.
  • The national conversation on the Welsh language, Y Gynhadledd Fawr, undertaken by the First Minister in summer 2013 in response to the Census results.
  • The publication of reports of various groups established to conduct policy reviews on Welsh-speaking communities, economic development and the Welsh language, teaching of Welsh as a second language, Welsh for adults and the National Eisteddfod.
  • The externally-commissioned report on exploring Welsh speakers’ language use in their daily lives.
  • The externally-commissioned review of the work of the Mentrau Iaith, Language Action Plans and the Aman-Tawe Language Promotion Scheme.
In light of the above, we identified four themes for our focus:
  1. The need to strengthen the links between the economy and the Welsh language.
  2. The need for better strategic planning for the Welsh language.
  3. The use of Welsh in the community.
  4. The challenge of changing linguistic behaviour.