Welsh Language Annual Monitoring and Single Equality Plan
Flintshire County Council’s Cabinet will be presented with the Strategic
Equality Plan Annual Report and Welsh Language Annual Report when it meets on
Tuesday 17 July.
Cabinet members will receive the end of year reports on progress and be asked
to note the areas for improvement.
There have been some outstanding areas of achievement in the Strategic Equality
Plan including the publication of the Equal Pay Audit, increasing numbers of
dementia friendly communities and businesses and memory cafes, alterations to
schools enabling disabled pupils to fully access facilities and Disability
Inclusion training for leisure centre employees.
The Council also publishes an annual report on how it has met the Welsh
Language Standards (WLS). There have been a number of achievements across
different sectors of the Council including:
? Social Services: implementing the “More than Just Words Framework” which
places them in a strong position to comply with the Standards and deliver
? Theatr Clwyd: active in raising the profile of Welsh language throughout all
? All Welsh medium schools achieved the Siarter Iaith Silver award for their
increased use of Welsh in social settings and are now working towards Gold.
? The Welsh in Education Strategic Plan is being updated and is an important
strategy for increasing the number of pupils learning through the medium of
Welsh and, over time, the pool of potential Welsh speaking employees.
Flintshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Corporate Management and Assets,
Councillor Billy Mullin, said:
“The aim of Strategic Equality Plan is to ensure the delivery of positive
outcomes for people with protected characteristics such as age, disability,
race, sex and sexual orientation. Flintshire has made great strides forward in
this area and we will continue to do so.
“The achievements Flintshire has made across the board to embrace the Welsh
Language Standards has been positive. We are committed to raising awareness of
Welsh and will continue to encourage and support all employees to learn and use
Welsh in the work environment every day. Our recently drafted Welsh Language
Promotion Strategy also highlights the importance of working with our
communities to further opportunities to meet the Welsh Government’s vision of
one million speakers by 2050.”
Although there are positive areas of progress, some issues remain as areas for
improvement and Flintshire has identified these and will be making plans to
secure improvement. These include improvement in data collection about the
profile of our customers and promoting internal training opportunities.
We continue to improve our Welsh language offer so that more employees complete
Welsh language awareness training. Providing support to employees will help
increase the number of Welsh speakers over time. This will support the Council
to deliver bilingual services and meet the needs of Welsh speaking customers.