The Welsh Language (Wales) Measure 2011 sets a legal framework which places a duty on some organizations to comply with standards in relation to the Welsh language. The organizations that are subject to the standards are referred to as relevant persons.
The duties associated with the standards mean that relevant persons must not treat the Welsh language less favourably than the English language, and must also promote or facilitate the use of the Welsh language. This is in accordance with the two principles that form the basis of the Welsh Language Commissioner’s work:
- in Wales, the Welsh language should be treated no less favourably than the English language
- persons in Wales should be able to live their lives through the medium of the Welsh language if they choose to do so.
The Commissioner aims to enforce standards by:
- investigating statutory complaints under section 93 of the Measure on the conduct of a relevant person in relation to a standard they are required to comply with
- making decisions on statutory investigations under section 71 of the Measure where it is alleged that a relevant person has failed to comply with a standard(s)
- the possibility of imposing a civil penalty on a relevant person for failing to comply
- maintaining a register of enforcement action.