Welsh language protest

Campaigners who say the Welsh language is facing a 'crisis' will hold a protest in Merthyr Tydfil today. Members of Cymdeithas Yr Iaith claim that the commitment of local people to the Welsh language is not being matched by the Welsh Government.


Welsh Government hits back at language campaigners' criticism

The Welsh Government says it will continue to work to 'ensure' the Welsh language thrives, but says the results of the Census emphasise the fact that the language's future lies with the children and young people of Wales.

In its Welsh language strategy published last March, the government identified six areas of focus in a bid to ensure the Welsh language's 'long-term sustainability,' increase the relevance of Welsh and provide people with more opportunities to speak Welsh in day-to-day life.

The strategy recognised the fragile state of the language - and emphasised the need to promote and facilitate its use across all walks of life, with a particular focus on the use of Welsh within the family setting; providing opportunities for children and young people to use Welsh socially; supporting the use of Welsh in communities; the use of Welsh in the workplace and developing the use of Welsh in information technology, including its use with social media.

– Welsh Government spokesperson

Language group's Merthyr protest

Campaigners from Cymdeithas Yr Iaith are holding a protest in Merthyr Tydfil, saying the Welsh language is facing a 'crisis.'

According to the Census, there were 20,000 fewer Welsh speakers in Wales than a decade ago. The group says neither Merthyr's council nor the Welsh Government are 'matching the commitment of local people' to the Welsh language.

As a group we don't claim to have all the answers, so we will be encouraging communities and individuals to add to these ideas.

Without a doubt, there needs to be a series of clear and bold policies from the Welsh Government in every field, but especially education, planning, housing and the workplace to reverse the decline.

We recognise the seriousness of the situation, so we are opening up our ideas for a discussion and hope to engage people across the country.

– Toni Schiavone, Cymdeithas Yr Iaith