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Further investment to embed the Welsh Language in the Council's decision-making process

Following recent communication from the Welsh Language Commissioner (WLC), Bridgend County Borough Council has taken the opportunity to invest in its services, in order to further include considerations affecting the Welsh language into its decision-making processes. 

The Welsh Language (Wales) Measure 2011 makes provision for specification of standards of conduct in relation to the Welsh Language. The Measure authorises the WLC to serve a compliance notice requiring compliance with specified standards as laid down in the regulations.

The council has been found to have failed to comply with section 93 related to a recent consultation by the council on a proposal to move an infant department to the Mynydd Cynffig Primary School site.

The council has seen the introduction of a strengthened process that ensures all key strategic proposals undergo a Welsh Language Impact Assessment before proposals are presented to the Council’s Cabinet or Full Council.

The new guidance, consultation checklist and revised Welsh Language Impact Assessment is available for staff and is based on good practice examples included in the WLC’s document, Policy Making Standards: Creating opportunities for persons to use the Welsh language and treating the Welsh language no less favourably than the English language, which was published in September 2020.

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