Welsh Language Standards
Since 25 January 2017, the Older People’s Commissioner for Wales has committed to comply with the Welsh Language Standards, as set out by the Welsh Government under Section 44 of the Welsh Language (Wales) Measure 2011.
The standards set out a number of ways in which the Commissioner must provide and promote services through the Welsh language and facilitate and encourage its use in the workplace.
The Welsh Language Standards that apply to the Commissioner are divided into four different categories:
- Service Delivery
- Policy Making
- Record Keeping
The Standards that the Commissioner must comply with are available here.
The Commissioner has set out how the organisation will comply with the Standards, available here.
The Commissioner previously outlined how the organisation would use the Welsh language through a Welsh Language Scheme, which was reported on annually. The Commissioner will continue to produce these annual reports in relation to the Welsh Language Standards.
Welsh Language complaints
Any complaints relating to the Commissioner’s compliance with the Welsh Language Standards or a failure on the Commissioner’s part to provide a bilingual service will be reported to the Commissioner and follow the Commissioner's complaints procedure.
You also have a right to direct any complaints relating to the Welsh language to the Welsh Language Commissioner.
Older People and the Welsh Language
The Welsh language plays a prominent part in the lives of many older people across Wales. It is vitally important that the Commissioner is able to offer services and support to older people in the language of their choice.
The proportion of the adult population able to speak Welsh gradually decreases with age until it reaches ages 45-49 (13%), when the proportion then increases gradually by age, reaching 19.1% for the over 85s.
Taking into account all the language skills of reading writing, speaking – 12.6% of over 75s reported all of the skills and 11% of 65-74 year olds reported this.