Venue: Hybrid - Neuadd Cyngor Ceredigion, Penmorfa, Aberaeron / remotely via video conference
Councillor Chris James apologised for his inability
to attend the meeting.
Councillor Gareth Lloyd apologised that he would be late in joining the meeting due to other
iii. Lowri Edwards,
Corporate Lead Officer- Democratic Services apologised that
she would be late in joining the meeting due to other Council Commitments.
Disclosure of personal/ prejudicial interests
There were no disclosures of
Personal and Prejudicial Interests.
It was RESOLVED to
confirm as a true record of the minutes of the meeting held on 5 December 2022.
Any matters arising from the minutes
It was noted that a
presentation would be provided focusing on the 2021 Census Welsh Language
results in the next meeting. A subject paper had been published and was
available on the Council’s website.
The Chair thanked
all for their effort to increase the use of the Welsh Language in Democratic
Officer outlined the legal framework of the Welsh Language (Wales) Measure 2011
and the requirement to produce a Welsh Language Standards Monitoring Report.
The report outlined
the progress the Council had made in addressing the requirements of the Welsh
Language Standards across its services and focused on the period 1 April 2022 -
31 March 2023. The report set out the actions that have been taken to comply
with the requirements of the Standards, and organised under the 5 Main
Standards (requirement to develop and publish a 5-year Strategy)
An overview of the
key achievements in 2022-23 was provided. The Welsh Language Commissioner
expected that the Council could provide evidence in relation to the performance
indicators; a full analysis was provided as part of the report.
It had been
recognised that the implementation of the Welsh Language Standards was ongoing,
and Ceredigion County Council was committed to continuing to deliver
improvements, and to taking action to ensure it fully met the requirements of
the Welsh Language Standards.
During the next
reporting period, there would be a focus on the following:
a Welsh Language Promotion Strategy for the next five-year period, in
accordance with Standards 145/146.
the Integrated Impact Assessment Guide to assist officers in highlighting any
impact on the Welsh language when presenting policy decisions.
a ‘Croeso Ceredigion’ project in an
attempt to assimilate incomers, with the work emanating from the
Bilingual Futures Forum.
a guide to the use of the Welsh language for Town and Community Councils.
the ‘Work Welsh’ pages on the Council’s intranet site, including guidance and
developing additional resources to promote the Welsh language and to help staff
to use the language.
project to promote awareness of Welsh culture and Welshness in residential
It was noted that
Members were encouraged to use the Welsh language in Democratic meetings and
facilities were in place to support this which included a guide on chairing and
holding bilingual public meetings, but the choice of language was up to each individual.
authorities in Wales asked employees to self-assess their language skills.
Ceredigion County Council measured the workforce’s Welsh language skills using
the ALTE Framework (The Association of Language Testers in Europe). It was recommended that a report to explain
the process was provided at the next meeting.
from the floor, it was AGREED:
receive Ceredigion County Council Welsh Language Standards Monitoring Report
approve that the full report was submitted to the Council's Cabinet for
approval and published on the Council's corporate website, as required by the
Welsh Language Standards regime, in accordance with the Welsh Language (Wales)
given to the Ceredigion Language Strategy Achievement Report 2018-23. The Welsh
Language (Wales) Measure 2011 established a legal framework to impose duties on
certain organisations, including Ceredigion County Council to comply with
standards in relation to the Welsh language.
Language Standard 145 places a duty on the County Council to develop and publish a 5-year
strategy that explains how the Council intends to promote the Welsh language
and facilitate the use of Welsh within the wider area.
Welsh Language Standard 146 places the
duty to assess the extent to which the Council has followed that strategy and met
its set target.
Strategy period ends in 2023 and the achievement report had been prepared, with
the input of partners.
The report was
presented in two parts:
Review Welsh Language Strategy Report: which reported on methods of operating
as well as the methods of measuring outcomes
Report Welsh Language Strategy: which reports on all activities organised to
promote the use of the Welsh language (Appendix 1)
The principal aim
of Ceredigion's Welsh Language Strategy 2018-23 was to expand the use of the
Welsh language in all aspects of life in the county. The strategy identified
three strategic areas:
the language skills of the people of Ceredigion
and increase opportunities to use the Welsh language in Ceredigion in a range
the social conditions that enable the Welsh language to thrive in Ceredigion
A summary of the
main achievements of implementing the Language Strategy was provided. It was
acknowledged that Covid-19 had impacted much of the work as engagement was one
of the main aims.
The Strategy also
set a target to increase the number of Welsh speakers in Ceredigion from 47.5%
to 48.5%, an increase of around 1,500 by 2023. Since the 2011 Census, results
from the 2021 Census reported a decrease of 3,286 people (2%) who declared
themselves as able to speak Welsh. Despite an overall decrease, the proportion
of adults between 16-44 years old able to speak Welsh had increased by 2.2% by
2021. It must be noted that care was required when interpreting the Census data
as the picture was very complex. Other surveys including the Annual Population
Survey indicated that the percentage of Welsh speakers in Ceredigion had
increased. The Welsh Government was currently carrying out a survey on the different
data that existed for measuring the number of Welsh speakers and trying to
define the inconsistency in the data.
In reviewing the attainment of the Welsh Language Strategy, it was important to recognise that language planning was a long-term process and developing initiatives to increase the use of Welsh took time to foster, however, the Council felt confident that the Language Strategy had laid the right foundations for progressing to the next 5-year period. A workshop was held on 20 March 2023 to discuss the new Welsh Language Strategy and was well attended by members of the Bilingual Futures ... view the full minutes text for item 6.
A presentation was
provided to the Committee outlining the following:
(Children, Young People, The Community, Welsh Learners
The following main
points were raised during discussions:
invitation to attend Ras yr Iaith in Aberystwyth on
22 June 2023 had been extended to the schools in Ysgol Penglais and Ysgol Gyfun
Gymunedol Penweddig’s catchment area.
numbers involved in different projects varied (5 in the Young Sports Reporters
Scheme for football fans and 25 on ‘Ar Gered’). Cered were eager to
develop projects further subject to funding and capacity.
had been provided in the past to enable people to use the translation equipment
available to be loaned by communities; this could possibly be looked into again in the future.
from the floor, it was AGREED to accept the report on Cered's
targets for 2023-24 and note the work of the Initiative in promoting and
developing the use of the Welsh language in Ceredigion.
given to the report updating Members on Ceredigion County Council’s Street
Naming and Numbering Policy. The report outlined how the Street Naming and
Numbering function had progressed over the last year (April 2022- March 2023).
from the floor, it was AGREED to note the report.
Forward Work Programme
The following items
were suggested by Committee Members:
on the ALTE Framework
on Ceredigion’s Social Media accounts (December meeting)
Welsh Language Strategy
Census Welsh Language results
Any other matter which the Chairman decides is for the urgent attention of the Committee