The Welsh Language Standards, introduced under the Welsh Language (Wales) Measure 2011, explain how organizations are expected to use the Welsh language in different situations.
There are two guiding principles to the Welsh Language Measure, and therefore to the way the Council will provide services in Welsh in Powys:
How does this affect Powys?
The Council has received its Compliance Notice from the Welsh Language Commissioner, which explains how the Council is expected to provide services in Welsh, consider the Welsh language when making decisions, and provide more opportunities for people to use the Welsh language in Powys.
In the Compliance Notice, there are Standards relating to:
Service Delivery – e.g. services by telephone, using the Welsh language in meetings, the Council’s reception areas, letters and documents, on-line services.
Policy Making – assessing the impact of the Council’s policies and decisions on opportunities to use the Welsh language and not treating Welsh less favourably than English, and considering ways of changing the policies and decisions to get a better outcome for the Welsh language.
Operational – e.g. ensuring that information and internal procedures are available to staff in Welsh, and that resources and training are provided to help staff work in Welsh. Ensuring staff have the skills required to be able to provide services in Welsh.
Promotion – to produce a strategy on how the Council will promote the Welsh language and facilitate its use in the area.
Record Keeping – the records the Council will need to keep in relation to the Standards.