Welsh Commissioner starts work

The Welsh Language Commissioner - the replacement for the Welsh Language Board - offically starts work today

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Welsh Language Commissioner sets out vision

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Meri Huws says her vision is of a Wales where the Welsh language plays a completely central role in public life.

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First task of Commissioner:to identify which orgs & companies will be required to comply & to see if they are complying.

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Qualifications are: public sector, utilities, telecom companies & businesses receiving more than £400k public money per year.

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Commissioner for Welsh "will be robust", says minister

The minister responsible for the Welsh language, Leighton Andrews, says Meri Huws starting work as the new Welsh Language Commissioner is a very significant day for the future of the Welsh language.

The Welsh Language Commissioner will be critical to delivering the Welsh Government's vision of a thriving and vibrant language. She will be a robust and active champion for the language –and will work with organisations to increase the number of services available in Welsh, providing more opportunities for people to use the language in their day-to-day lives.

– Leighton Andrews, Minister for Welsh language