Welsh Language Standards and Policy

Welsh Language Standards

Since 30 March 2016, Gwynedd Council have committed to comply with the Welsh Language Standards, as set out by the Welsh Government under Section 44 of the Welsh Language (Wales) Measure 2011. These Standards set clear expectations on the Council to provide services in Welsh to the public, and to promote the use of the Welsh language through all the services

The Language Standards are divided into 5 different categories

  • Service Delivery
  • Policy Making
  • Operational
  • Record Keeping
  • Promotion

In the same way as the Council used to report annually on its implementation of the language plan, the Council will now produce and publish annual reports on its compliance with the Welsh Language Standards, and report on developments in the establishment during the year to strengthen its Welsh language services. 

Following approval by the Council Language Committee on July 4th,2017, here is the annual report on the implementation of the Welsh Language Standards for the year 2016-17:

Language Report Standards 2017-18:

Language Report Standards 2018-19:

Language Report Standards 2019-20:

  • See Welsh Language Report Standards 2019-20

    Here is the Council’s annual report on the Welsh Langauge Standards for 2019-20.

    This is an interim report, which will be updated accordingly when the curent restrictions due to Covid-19 lift and allow us to return to our usall internal reporting and approval arrangements. 


Language Policy

The Council has created a new Language Policy to ensure that the Council's commitment to promoting and facilitating the Welsh language continues. The new Language Policy will outline how the Council intends to comply with the Standards and how it will go about taking advantage of every opportunity to promote the use of Welsh language services amongst Gwynedd residents.


Language complaints

Any complaints relating to the Council’s compliance with the Welsh Language Standards or a failure on the Council’s part to provide a bilingual service will be reported to the Language Committee, and follow the Council's complaints procedure. 

Information on complaints procedure

You also have a right to direct any complaints relating to the Welsh language to the Welsh Language Commissioner:

Welsh Language Commissioner's Website


More information

More statistics about the state of the Welsh language in Gwynedd can be found in the Key statistics and data section and language profiles for each of the county’s wards.


You can contact the Language and Scrutiny Unit with any queries regarding the Language Policy or the Council’s commitment to the Language Standards by emailing iaith@gwynedd.llyw.cymru