Economy is “at the core of efforts to reach a million Welsh speakers”


Plaid Cymru outlines a strategy to reach the aim

Plaid Cymru AMs have today outlines the key strategic aims necessary to focus on in order to attain the aim of a million Welsh speakers. Plaid Cymru AMs stated that more than a year had gone by since the government set this target, and no strategy has yet been put in place.
Outlining the strategy today, Plaid Cymru’s Shadow Cabinet Secretary for the Language, Sian Gwenllian, said that maintaining and developing the economy in those areas where Welsh is an everyday language is essential to safeguard the language.
Plaid Cymru’s Shadow Cabinet Secretary for the Language, Sian Gwenllian, said:
“If the Welsh language is to prosper, the heartlands where Welsh is the everyday language have to be safeguarded. Economic prosperity is key to the language’s success, and to do this, good quality jobs in Welsh communities are vital to prevent emigration.
“Encouraging more co-operation between the four councils where the percentage of Welsh speakers is highest is a crucial step in this respect. Beginning with this western bloc of councils, we can create a hub around those towns where Welsh is thriving most, and encourage co-operation on consistent elements in the area, such as the rural economy, housing, planning and the Welsh language.
“It’s disappointing that more than a year has gone by since the Government set the target of a million Welsh speakers, and to date, it still has not put in place a strategy to achieve this. Plaid Cymru has stepped into the vacuum and has produced our own document which sets out the necessary strategic framework – Achieving the Million.”

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