Carmarthenshire Council wins appeal against Welsh language standards

Carmarthenshire Council has won an appeal against three Welsh language standards, meaning it will no longer have to implement them.

Under regulations the authority must implement over 170 language standards imposed by the Welsh Language Commissioner, Meri Huws.

However, it has appeal against three meetings between members of the public and council officials that would not allow for the use of a simultaneous Welsh translator and was granted the action.

The rule require public bodies to make it clear that they welcome correspondence with the public in Welsh and give the language priority on bilingual signs.

However, Welsh campaign group Cymdeithas yr faith has criticised the council’s decision to appeal, claiming the move ‘sends the wrong message’ and ‘gives the impression that Carmarthenshire Council is trying to avoid its responsibilities’.

Carmarthenshire Council has refuted that it is committed to developing the Welsh language as the main administrative language of the authority.