The Welsh Language Commissioner today launched a non-statutory consultation on the wording of draft standards which will provide organisations with clear indicators of the nature and level of service they are required to provide.
The Welsh Language (Wales) Measure 2011 established the principle of standards relating to the Welsh language. These standards will replace existing Welsh language schemes, and there will be a statutory duty on organisations to comply with certain standards. The organisations that have to comply with standards are the organisations that already have a Welsh language scheme along with certain organisations within the private sector and third sector, as set out in the Measure.
Standards are intended to make it clearer what services people can expect to receive in Welsh and that those services are consistent.
The Welsh Language Commissioner, Meri Huws, said:
"Today we begin a process of seeking people's views on draft standards. There is no legal requirement on us to conduct this consultation within the legislation, but I felt that it was important for the public to have the opportunity to say what their requirements are when it comes to using Welsh.
"We have drawn up draft standards in order to stimulate discussion. We are eager to hear the views of the public and of organisation – whatever their views may be - I encourage them to express their views by responding to the consultation.
"Are the draft standards ambitious? Are they practical? Are they clear and simple enough to have an impact?
"Tonight, in Cardiff, I will hold the first of five public meetings across Wales, and the evening will be an opportunity for organisations and individuals to look at the standards and ask me questions about the standards as well as about my role as Commissioner."
The consultation period will close on 11 August 2012.
For more information about the standards and to respond to the consultation, or for information about the public meetings, please visit welshlanguagecommissioner.org or call 0845 6033 221.
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For more information, please contact Meinir Jones on 07977 219 395.