The Cymraeg 2050 strategy sets out the importance of economic development for the viability of the Welsh language. Despite this, there is little evidence base supporting the link between the language and the economy and the subject tends to be discussed in relatively general terms.
We believe that policy makers need to familiarise themselves with the research available and pay attention to reports on the relationship between the economy and the language, and ensure that the Welsh language is central to any economic development strategies or plans. This means considering how the Welsh language can benefit the economy, and how economic developments can strengthen the position of the language across Wales.
We are concerned about the effects of COVID-19 on the Welsh language. In the short term it has disrupted social opportunities to use Welsh and has negatively affected many national and local organisations working to promote the language. We want to understand how the social and economic changes brought about by the pandemic will affect the opportunities to use the language.
Our recent key work in this area includes:
- Recommendations for considering the Welsh language in the economic rebuilding strategy following COVID-19 and in response to leaving the European Union.
- Calling on the 5thSenedd’s Culture, Welsh Language and Communications Committee to undertake an inquiry on the impact of COVID-19 on the Welsh language and contributing to that consultation.
- Responding to several 5thSenedd committees’ consultations on the impact of COVID-19 on various areas.
- Contributing to discussions about the Welsh Government's vision that 30% of the Welsh workforce will work remotely on a regular basis.