Welsh language place names to be ‘safeguarded’ in Labour-Plaid deal
Welsh language place names will be “safeguarded” as part of a deal between Welsh Labour and Plaid Cymru.
The commitment is part of a wide-ranging cooperation agreement which has been unveiled today by the First Minister Mark Drakeford and the Leader of Plaid Cymru, Adam Price.
The plan includes a number of measures to support and boost the Welsh language, such as expanding the workforce that can teach and work through the language, and investing to increase the proportion of Welsh-medium apprenticeships.
The agreement says: “Wales has a long and proud history and distinctive culture, built around our language, which thrives today.
“We will work to strengthen our language and culture, protecting it where needed, promoting it and helping make Welsh an everyday reality for all, as we work towards our shared goal of a million Welsh-speakers.”
It says that the parties will: “Ensure Welsh language place names in the built and natural environments are safeguarded and promoted.”
On Welsh language education, it says they will: “Introduce a Welsh Language Education Bill, which together with more immediate non-legislative work, will strengthen Welsh in Education Strategic Plans; set new ambitions and incentives to expand the proportion of the education workforce who can teach and work through the Welsh language.”
They have also agreed to “establish and implement a single continuum of Welsh language learning; enable existing schools to move into a higher Welsh language category and incentivise the increase of Welsh medium provision in all education settings.”
The parties have agreed to: “Invest in Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol and the National Centre for Learning Welsh to increase the proportion of Welsh-medium apprenticeships and further education and provide free Welsh language learning for 16 to 25-year-olds.
On its culture strategy it says the parties will: “Develop a new culture strategy, reflecting Wales’ diversity, a thriving Welsh language, our arts, culture and heritage sectors and our duties under the Wellbeing of Future Generations Act.
“We will ensure the financial sustainability of national cultural institutions as we implement the strategy and we will also develop the proposals for a national contemporary art gallery.”
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