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Submitting an interference application


The Welsh Language (Wales) Measure 2011 established new rights and freedoms for users of the Welsh language. One of those is the freedom to use the Welsh language with others in Wales.

If you feel that somebody has interfered with your freedom to use the Welsh language with someone else, the Welsh Language Commissioner may be able to investigate this.

These types of situations include:

  • Somebody stating that you should not use the Welsh language, either spoken or in writing, with someone else who also wishes to use it
  • Somebody stating that you will be at a disadvantage for using the Welsh language ith someone else
  • Somebody placing you at a disadvantage for using the Welsh language with someone else.

Making an application
If you decide to make an application to the Commissioner, it must be in writing, unless your personal circumstances mean that you are unable to give a written application. The application must describe the case and identify who was responsible for interfering with your freedom to use the Welsh language. You will need to provide a postal or email address for the Commissioner to contact you.

You can make an application to the Commissioner by completing this complaint form.

If the circumstances of the case have not affected you directly, the Commissioner cannot investigate your application. However, if the case involves the freedom of a child or vulnerable person to use the Welsh language, the Commissioner may investigate an application by a parent or advocate on their behalf

What the Commissioner will do on receipt of your application
If the Commissioner decides to investigate your application, she will determine whether or not the person in question interfered with your freedom to use the Welsh language. She may publish a report on the determination and offer advice to the person responsible for the interference.

 

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