£100 million for Wales, an appeal to develop the Welsh language.

Organisations supporting the Welsh language have called on the First Minister to use a part of the finance that is coming to Wales as a result of the Chancellor’s Autumn Budget Announcement to invest in Welsh language projects that will improve the skills of children and workers.

The budget which was recently approved by the Welsh Government includes cuts to Welsh language projects of more than £1.5 million over the next two years.

The umbrella group ‘Celebrating our Language’ represents 25 organisations which promote and work in the Welsh language. In a letter to the First Minister and the Finance Minister today, the Chairman of Celebrating our language, Penri Williams, said:

“The recent Census results showed that the Welsh language is facing a crisis and there is a need for the Government to act urgently to prevent a further fall. Recently we had a constructive meeting with your officers where it became apparent that there was a desire to act on practical proposals if additional funds were available.

“We appreciate that the current financial situation is challenging, but we also note that this additional funding provides an opportunity to assist the Welsh language and improve skills and the standard of care in our health service.

“We suggest therefore that the following can be implemented with the additional funding:

  • establish centres for pupils wishing to transfer to Welsh language education (based on the Gwynedd model) in Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Ynys Môn;
  • provide funds for the Welsh for Adults Centres to provide additional Welsh courses for teachers and health workers;
  • additional support for organisations that provide community training opportunities for adults and young people.”