Dyfodol i’r Iaith has warmly welcomed elements of the Government’s budget announced today. The commitment to devote £5 million to the provision of The Welsh for Adults Centre and for providing for a Language Agency represents a significant step forward.
Dyfodol i’r Iaith has from the outset called for a stronger system for teaching Welsh to adults, with the aim of providing finance similar to the Basque Country, where three times as much is spent in this field. Dyfodol i’r Iaith wants to see Welsh for adults playing an important role within the governments aim of ensuring a million Welsh-speakers by 2050.
Heini Gruffudd, Chair of Dyfodol i’r Iaith, ‘ This the kind of commitment that the Welsh language truly needs. The provision of Welsh language lessons for adults, particularly parents and parents-to-be, along with those who provide services, has always been high on our list of priorities. We have also called for a Language Agency that will be free to put emphasis on promoting the language as a living and natural language in the community.’