Welsh Language

The Welsh Language (Wales) Measure 2011 replaces the Welsh Language Act 1993.

The Legislation states:

  • The Welsh Language has equal legal status with English and must not be treated less favourably
  • Public bodies no longer need to develop and implement Welsh Language Schemes
  • The right of individuals to use the language freely in their daily lives

As part of our obligations under the Welsh Language (Wales) Measure 2011, the Council must publish a five year strategy which shows how we will promote and facilitate the use of Welsh. The strategy, approved by Council on 20 June 2016, outlines the strategic direction during 2017 – 2022 that will assist the growth of the Welsh language within the Borough and support the Welsh Government’s vision of a million Welsh speakers by 2050.

The contribution of partners, the private sector, third sector and the residents of Torfaen have a part to play in achieving the priorities of the Strategy.

From 30 March 2016, Local Authorities, National Parks and Welsh Government will be required to comply with a specific set of Welsh language Standards, issued within Compliance Notices that replace Welsh Language Schemes.

The Council was issued their Compliance Notices by the Welsh Language Commissioner on 30th September 2015. This document lists which of the 176 Standards (as listed in full in the Welsh Language Standards Regulations (No.1) 2015) the organisation must comply with their implementation dates, along with any exemptions. The implementation date for most of Torfaen County Borough Council’s Standards is the 30th March 2016, with the remainder by the 30th September 2016. Torfaen Council challenged the 32 of the standards on the unreasonable and proportionality grounds under section 54(2) of the Welsh Language (Wales) Measure 2011. These standards will be suspended until the challenge process is complete.

Our progress is recorded each year in the annual report. The Annual Reports are listed below.

Last Modified: 05/12/2018
For more information contact:

Welsh Language Officer

Tel: 01495 766096

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