The Welsh Language Commissioner Annual Report 2016-17

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On Tuesday 14th November 2017, a debate will be held in Plenary on the Welsh Language Commissioner’s Annual Report 2016-17.

The statutory report provides information and details regarding the work of the Commissioner and a review of issues relevant to the Welsh language during the reporting year.

The Commissioner recently appeared before the Culture, Welsh Language and Communications Committee (CWLC Committee) to discuss her report.

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Cymraeg 2050 – Turning ambition into reality (Part 2)

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Yesterday’s article provided some context to the Welsh Government’s draft Welsh language strategy, and insight into the Culture, Welsh Language and Communications Committee Report on the Welsh Government’s proposals. It also looked at key aspects of the Welsh Government’s Final Strategy – Cymraeg 2050 (PDF, 2.79MB).

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Cymraeg 2050 – Turning ambition into reality (Part 1)

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Context

A little over a year ago on the ‘Maes’ at the National Eisteddfod in Abergavenny, the First Minister and the Minister for Lifelong Learning and Welsh Language launched a consultation on the Welsh Government’s draft new Welsh Language Strategy. The consultation ended on 31st October 2016. The previous strategy, A living language: a language for living 2012-2017 (PDF 800KB) officially came to an end on 31 March 2017.

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White Paper – Proposals for a new Welsh Language Bill (Part 2)

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In the first part of this article, we looked at the main proposals in the Welsh Government’s White Paper – Striking the right balance: proposals for a Welsh Language Bill (PDF, 870KB). This part of the article looks at some of the finer details within the consultation document.

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White Paper – Proposals for a new Welsh Language Bill (Part 1)

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This article is in two parts, with the first part setting the context and providing an overview of the Welsh Government’s main proposals for a Welsh Language Bill. The second part, to be published this afternoon, will provide more detail on the Government’s proposals.

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Live music protection: Assembly Members to debate petition

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On Wednesday 12 July, Assembly Members will debate a petition calling for live music venues to be protected. The petition caught the imagination of live music lovers in Wales and collected over 5,000 signatures.

This is the first time an Assembly petition has been signed by over 5,000 people since the new petitions process was introduced in March. The changes allow the Petitions Committee to request an Assembly debate on any petition collecting over 5,000 signatures.

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Broadcasting in Wales: updates since the Big Picture report

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In February 2017, the Assembly’s Culture, Welsh Language and Communications Committee published its Big Picture report, setting out its initial views on broadcasting in Wales. This was the product of meetings with the BBC, ITV, S4C and the industry regulator – Ofcom – in autumn 2016. This week, on Wednesday 14 June, the Assembly will debate the report in Plenary.

Since the report’s publication there have been significant developments relating to the BBC and Welsh language channel S4C.

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