Working in Welsh would cost Carmarthenshire county council costs – Cymdeithas

CYMDEITHAS yr Iaith have dismissed the consultation process over Carmarthenshire Council's budget as "at best irrelevant, and in fact damaging to the future of the Welsh language and Welsh-speaking communities in the county."

Bethan Williams, Cymdeithas area officer for Dyfed, said they hoped the report of the Task and Finish Group on the future of the Welsh language would propose "radical" changes to the Council's "tokenistic approach" to the language.

"The draft budget under consultation is at best irrelevant and in fact damaging to the future of the Welsh language and Welsh-speaking communities," she said.

"We expect the committee's report to demand that Welsh becomes essential to all council services and that the nurturing of Welsh-speaking communities should be a priority for every department. This would result in a totally different sort of budget."

Cymdeithas claim that one way of reducing the council budget would be to ensure the local authority worked through the medium of Welsh, translating into English only what was necessary.

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