Plans for new Welsh Language Bill dropped

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The Welsh Government have confirmed that plans for a new Welsh Language Bill have been scrapped.

A white paper was published in 2017 which proposed scrapping the post of Welsh Language Commissioner and replacing it with a Welsh Language Commission. It would also have made the system of Welsh language standards “less bureaucratic”.

“Despite the discontent with some aspects of the (Welsh language) standards, it is clear there is no appetite to change the whole system. I am confident it is possible to cut down on bureaucracy and deal with complaints more effectively within the existing legislation. I shall work with the Welsh Language Commissioner to implement changes quickly.”
– Minister for International Relations & Welsh Language, Eluned Morgan AM (Lab, Mid & West Wales)

Cymdeithas yr Iaith and the current Welsh Language Commissioner, Meri Huws, welcomed the news.

However, the former Minister who introduced the white paper, Alun Davies AM (Lab, Blaenau Gwent) said, “I fear that this will be seen as the point where the seriousness of the government on this policy was brought into question.” He later accused the Welsh Government of moving away from radicalism.