Plaid Cymru Assembly candidate for Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire, Simon Thomas, has today said that a Welsh government under his party’s leadership would pledge unprecedented support to secure the Welsh language’s future.
Simon Thomas said that Plaid Cymru wanted a genuinely bilingual Wales in which citizens can choose which language to use in their daily lives.
Plaid Cymru’s proposals include creating a Workforce Training Programme that will provide structured Welsh-language training and immersion courses, expanding the provision of Welsh-medium education, a doubling the budget for the Welsh for Adults scheme.
Plaid Cymru Assembly candidate Simon Thomas said:
“The Welsh language is at the heart of Plaid Cymru’s programme for government and we will pledge unprecedented support to secure its future.
“To do this, we will act to substantially increase the number of speakers of Welsh across the country and ensure that speakers have opportunities to use the language wherever they choose to do so.
“We want to encourage a greater use of Welsh in the workplace by setting up a Workforce Training Programme that will provide structure Welsh-language training and immersion courses.
“We will also support the economy of traditional Welsh speaking areas by developing Carmarthen, Aberystwyth and the Menai conurbation as economic hubs, building upon their urban status and relatively high Welsh speaking populations to create a critical mass for further economic growth.
“As part of our proposals to support our young people from cradle to career, we will expand Welsh-medium education provision and set an interim target that 50% of 7 year olds will be in Welsh medium education by 2030.
“A Plaid Cymru government would continue to support the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol to provide higher education through Welsh and for academics to conduct research in Welsh.
“Our goal is to double the budget for Welsh for adults in order to provide language training for teachers and public sector workers, help parents who want to increase the use of Welsh in the home, and promote the language among incomers.
“Plaid Cymru is fully committed to increasing the number of Welsh speakers, to improve access to basic services through the medium of Welsh, and to secure a future for the language as a cornerstone of Welsh life.”