Party highlights inactivity over census results
Plaid Cymru has called on the Welsh Government to make progress in its response to the findings of the census. More than a month after the figures were released, the Welsh Government is yet to make a statement on the matter.
The party’s Elin Jones AM has requested that the Welsh Government makes a statement on the matter in the Assembly.
Plaid Cymru’s Elin Jones AM said:
“The census figures highlighted many urgent issues that face us in Wales. Not least was the sharp decline in the number of Welsh speakers – 14,000 fewer than a decade ago. The Party of Wales is deeply concerned about these figures and for that reason we are launching a consultation on the way ahead for Welsh language policy. I cannot understand why the Welsh Government hasn’t shown the same concern.
“The Welsh Government could be taking immediate action to support the language. There are many things that it can be doing now. For example, it could work to implement the Welsh language measure’s standards, and ensure that Welsh business is favoured in public sector procurement. The census results should have alarmed the Welsh Government and shaken them into action, but disappointingly more than six weeks later, we are still waiting for a response.”