Wednesday 7 December 2022 is Welsh Language Rights Day.
This is an opportunity for public organisations across Wales to promote their Welsh language services and an opportunity for Welsh speakers to show that they want to use the language in their everyday lives. Everyone needs to use their right.
7 December marks the date on which the Welsh Language Measure was passed by Parliament. The Measure confirms the official status of the Welsh language, and establishes the principle that the Welsh language should not be treated less favourably than the English language in Wales. This led to the establishment of rights to use Welsh when dealing with public organisations.
The aim of Welsh Language Rights Day is to celebrate these rights and to improve the services that public organisations offer through the medium of Welsh.
The Welsh Language Commissioner's Assurance Report showed that the Welsh language is treated less favourably than English when advertising jobs in 50% of cases. Young people in Wales have the right to apply for jobs in Welsh with public organisations.
The Assurance Report also shows that 66% of speakers are more likely to use Welsh language services if organisations make it clear that that service is available. Public organisations in Wales need to be promoting their Welsh language services, in order to give confidence to Welsh speakers to use the language.
Receiving Welsh language services online is essential, in order to ensure that the language can be used in all aspects of everyday life. You can see a list of some rights below:
- Online forms and apps in Welsh
- Use of Welsh on social media
- Letters or emails in Welsh from organisations
- Apply for a job in Welsh
- Guidance from a counsellor or speaking with a personal tutor at a University in Welsh
- Bilingual signs
- Speaking on the phone in Welsh
- You can submit written work at University in Welsh
- Using the Welsh language at work.
Welsh Language Commissioner - The Facts:
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To celebrate Welsh Language Rights Day we work with public organisations across Wales to highlight the rights that people have to use Welsh with them.