In the context of the Welsh Language Measure and Welsh language standards, standards regulations refer to ‘a body producing an annual report’ which deals with the way in which it has complied with the service delivery, policy making and operational standards.
A report of this type must include, for example, the number of complaints received by the body, the number of employees who have Welsh language skills as well as information concerning training courses offered by the body during the financial year in question. Furthermore, regulations refer to a body’s obligation to provide any information the Commissioner may ask for which relates to its compliance with all groups of standards. Lastly, a body must publish an annual report and ensure that it publicises the fact that it has done so.
In the context of the 1993 Welsh Language Act, bodies that operate Welsh language schemes are under a statutory duty to prepare and present an annual monitoring report for the attention of the Commissioner which describes how they implement those schemes.
Within an annual monitoring report, bodies are expected to demonstrate that they are complying with their language schemes and include information and evidence about the main issues relating to the schemes’ implementation. The Commissioner has produced reporting guidelines for different groups of bodies. A list of all the Commissioner’s responses to annual monitoring reports can be found here.