[lg policy] Wales: Gwynedd councillors criticise housing group's decision not to require top execs to speak Welsh 15:23, 30 January 2015 By Hywel Trewyn, Hywel Trewyn Committee back protest and call for meeting with Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at gmail.com
Sat Jan 31 15:54:29 UTC 2015


    [image: The protest against CCG at Caernarfon drew hundreds of people]
The protest against CCG at Caernarfon drew hundreds of people

 Gwynedd councillors yesterday criticised a housing association for it’s
decision to drop the Welsh language as an essential skill for senior

Twelve members of the language committee voted unanimously that a
controversial decision taken by Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd - landlord to
6,300 homes - went against its own language policy and would lead to a
reduction in the use of Welsh by the company and its workforce rather than
promote it.

CCG want to employ two top directors on salaries of £82,000 each - but they
don’t have to speak Welsh.

The committee backed a proposal by Cllr Sian Gwenllian
that CCG’s decision would “open the door” for other bodies to follow the
same path.

The councillors also asked for a meeting with CCG’s board of directors to
discuss its decision and asked for a report to be prepared by its next
meeting to look at the “lessons to be learned” so that similar problems can
be avoided in the future.

 [image: Sian Gwenllian, who resigned from Cartrefi  Cymunedol Gymru's
board, speaks at the protest]  VIEW GALLERY

The council was responsible for the housing stock before they transferred
to CCG.

Cllr Gwenllian’s resigned from CCG’s board following its decision to
downgrade its language job requirements.

Welsh Language Commisioner Meri Huws said it had not given sufficient
reason for its decision not to make Welsh a condition of employment.

A protest held at Caernarfon last Saturday attracted over 250 protesters
and calling for CCG to change its mind.

A CCG spokeswoman said: “The deadline for applications for the two
directors’ positions has now passed and the recruitment process is
on-going. We hope to appoint by the end of February. The decision to remove
the language requirement for these two posts was a very difficult one for
the Board but one that was based on a set of circumstances and experience
which included our difficulty in recruiting to senior management and
technical posts in the past.”


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