Tuesday, 27 October 2009

Welsh language blueprint a step nearer to adoption

A blueprint which sets out Denbighshire's commitment to promoting the Welsh language and bilingualism has been given a seal of approval from the Council's Cabinet.

Now the council will be consulting on the draft scheme and asking for views before the document is discussed by the Full Council on December 1st.

The scheme explains how the council will plan and provide Welsh medium services on a basis of equality with provision in English. The Welsh Language Act 1993 places a statutory duty on every public body providing services to the public in Wales to produce a Welsh Language Scheme.

Leader, Councillor Hugh Evans, said: "Our aim is to provide an inclusive and relevant
Welsh Language service that meets the needs of our residents whether they are fluent Welsh speakers or who are learning the language.

"This scheme sets out the next steps that the council will take in building on the work already undertaken and demonstrates Denbighshire's on-going commitment to Welsh language issues to its residents, councillors, staff and all visitors to the county.

"It also includes the quality standards of service that people can expect from the council and we now look forward to receiving comments from the public before the draft document is taken to Full Council for final approval.”

The draft scheme can be found at www.denbighshire.gov.uk/policyandperformance and hard copies will be made available at libraries and council offices. Comments should be forwarded to policyunit@denbighshire.gov.uk or by post to the Strategic Policy Unit, County Hall, Wynnstay Road, Ruthin, LL15 1YN, no later than Monday, November 23.


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