Call for UK banks to accept cheques written in Cornish language
A campaign has begun to make sure that all banks in the UK accepts cheques that have been written in the Cornish language.
Lianne Wilson, who is from St Austell in Cornwall originally, but now lives in Cardiff, has launched a petition after hearing stories of cheques written in the language being refused in banks.
She said some banks, including Lloyds , have publicly stated that they won’t accept cheques written in Cornish, and that they would only accept them in English, Welsh, or Gaelic.
Banks have to accept cheques written in Welsh by law following successful campaigning on the issue.
The petition says: “We want to make it the written policy of all banks operating in the United Kingdom to be obliged accept correctly-written cheques in Cornish/Kernewek.
“Recently there have been stories of these cheques being refused in branch, even in Cornwall, despite them being accepted previously.
“Some banks, such as Lloyd’s have even publicly stated that they will not accept cheques written in Cornish (only in English, Welsh or Gaelic).
It added: “Cornish is an indigenous language of Britain and is older than any of these banks. It is home language of the UK and it is the native language of a growing number of Cornish people.
“It is spoken by a growing number of Cornish folk both in Cornwall and elsewhere in the UK (as well as abroad).
“Furthermore, the rights of the Cornish are protected legally under the European Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities, enshrining our right to expression of our cultural identity in law and making us legally equal to the Welsh, Scots and Irish (whose cheques are accepted).
“As such, we have the right to write our cheques in our language and are demanding that banks operating in the UK address this in their formal policy. Accept cheques written in Cornish!”