Leanne outlines Plaid response to census figures


Party expresses concern for Welsh-speaking communities

Plaid Cymru has expressed concern for Welsh as a community language after census figures revealed that there were no communities with 70% of Welsh speakers outside north-west Wales.

The figures shows a substantial drop in the percentage of Welsh speakers in many communities, with a drop of more than 12% in the Ammanford ward in Carmarthenshire and similar figures in wards in Bangor.

Leanne Wood will outline the Plaid Cymru response to these figures in a short debate in the National Assembly this afternoon, calling for a national conversation to revive the Welsh language in communities acros Wales,

Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood said:

“Today’s ward level figures reveal the loss of Welsh speakers at a community level across the Fro Gymraeg.

“This is particularly noticeable in towns such as Ammanford in Carmarthenshire and in Bangor in Gwynedd where there has been a substantial drop in the number and percentage of Welsh speakers.

“These census figures are a setback for the Welsh language and to us all.

“Targets set by the Welsh Government in Iaith Pawb have not been taken seriously and it is clear that not enough work is being undertaken to maintain Welsh as a community language.

“We need to have a very serious conversation about the future of the Welsh language and Welsh language communities which I will be beginning this afternoon in my short debate at the Assembly.

“The Welsh language belongs to everybody in Wales and we must all play a role in the language’s revival.”