Gwynedd Welsh language centres

Date: 26/03/2019

A report that will be considered by the Gwynedd Cabinet offers a series of options to ensure the future of the Council's Welsh language centres despite a cut in the government grant which funds them.

The report, which will be presented to Gwynedd’s Cabinet on 2 April, will emphasise the Council's firm commitment to continue to support a network of language centres whilst establishing new ways of doing so for less money in order to ensure their long-term viability.

Councillor Gareth Thomas, Gwynedd Council Cabinet Member for Education said:

“As a Council, our innovative education policy and the commitment of our schools and language centres to empower Gwynedd's young people to live their lives through the Welsh language is consistently celebrated as an example of best practice nationally. We are determined to continue to lead the way in this vital area.

“It is also evident to everyone that Council services have had to face a decade and more of funding cuts. Throughout this unprecedented period of austerity, we have been able to protect the budget of our language centres through a time when the rest of our education budget and all other service areas across the Council have faced cuts.

“By now unfortunately, the reduction in government grant funding and staffing costs increasing, we have no choice but to consider new ways of running the language centres with less money.

“As a Cabinet we will carefully consider all the evidence submitted by our staff and the unions in the recent consultations, along with the key messages from the Council’s Welsh Language Committee, Education and Economy Scrutiny Committee and the Full Council.

“The Council's Education Department is of the opinion that it is possible to address the comments that have been submitted in a number of ways, and we will be carefully weighing-up the options carefully before deciding on the best way forward.”

The matter will be considered by Gwynedd Council’s Cabinet on 2 April.