[lg policy] Welsh Language Policy

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Sun Feb 21 18:06:50 UTC 2010

Welsh Language Policy

The Welsh Assembly Government's Flexible Support for Business (FS4B)
Supersite provides the most comprehensive, relevant and advanced on line
support available to businesses in Wales. This includes support available
from the Welsh Assembly Government, UK Government (working with
businesslink.gov.uk) and partners in one place for the first time. The Site
also supports bilingual provision with the result that more Government
online business support is available in Welsh than ever before, and with
levels set to increase significantly in 2010 and beyond.

In line with the *Assembly Government's Welsh* *Language Scheme* all
Assembly Government content and services will be published bilingually. We
are also committed to translate all general content that does not have a
Government "owner". 49% of this has been translated already and the
remainder will be translated by the end of 2010.

Services and interfaces provided by UK Government bodies should be available
in English and Welsh as required by the relevant Welsh Language Scheme of
the individual organisation. In line with the target under the Service
Transformation Agreement of migrating all business-facing content to a
single site, all Welsh language content from the UK government will now be
made available to Welsh businesses in one place.  That will be through the
FS4B Supersite rather than through businesslink.gov.uk (though Welsh
businesses will be referred on from there) or through organisations' own
websites. Responsibility for publishing UK Government content in Welsh lies
with those organisations in line with their Welsh Language Schemes where
they apply. The Welsh Assembly Government Deputy First Minister has written
to all UK Government bodies asking them to endorse and work to the FS4B
Supersite *Welsh Language Policy Statement.*
The Welsh Assembly Government will not be monitoring compliance with the
relevant Welsh Language Schemes of UK Government bodies but will ensure that
the relevant Welsh Language Scheme for each item of syndicated content can
be easily identified by website users, so that any feedback can be easily
directed to the relevant UK Government body and the *Welsh Language Board*.


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