Cymdeithas calls for new language strategy

Welsh language protest group Cymdeithas yr Iaith has warned Carmarthenshire County Council that hundreds of people will come to an event on the council's stand at the Eisteddfod in August. A delegation of Cymdeithas yr Iaith will meet the leader of the Council, Cllr Kevin Madge, next month to seek assurances that the Council is serious about implementing a new language strategy.

Sioned Elin, Chair of Cymdeithas in the area explained:

"Our desire is to have a big party at the Eisteddfod to celebrate that the County Council is leading the way for the whole of Wales with a new language strategy. However, we are aware that more than 3 years have passed since the Census and 18 months since our rally in Carmarthen, and the Council has not done anything since the adoption of the strategy it decided on over Easter. If necessary, we will announce that the Council has not taken the strategy seriously and the party on the Eisteddfod field will be a protest."

In April this year, the Council received the report and recommendations of the Welsh-language Task and Finish Group, formed in January 2013 in response to the decline in the number of Welsh speakers in the county, highlighted in the 2011 Census. Cymdeithas has called on the Council to draw up a timetable to implement those recommendations. More needs to be done also in the field of planning and the ways that the Council can form strategies to strengthen the county's communities and change the language of its own internal administration to Welsh.

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