Jeremy Miles MS, Minister for Education and Welsh Language
Today, I’m announcing the publication of the Cymraeg 2050 Action Plan for 2023-24. This document describes how we’ll continue to implement the objectives contained in our strategy, Cymraeg 2050: A million Welsh speakers during the 2023-24 financial year.
The Action Plan also reflects the steps set out in the Cymraeg 2050 Work Programme for 2021-2026, which was published in July last year, as well as our Programme for Government and the Co-operation Agreement with Plaid Cymru. The Plan outlines the work the Welsh Government will undertake during the 2023-24 financial year to deliver against the two main targets, as follows:
- The number of Welsh speakers to reach 1 million by 2050.
- The percentage of the population that speak Welsh daily, and can speak more than just a few words of Welsh, to increase from 10% (in 2013-15) to 20% by 2050.
At the time of publishing this Plan for 2023-24, we are analysing the 2021 Census data in relation to the Welsh language. Further results will follow in the coming months, such as the intergenerational transmission of the Welsh language and in relation to characteristics such as gender and ethnicity.
We will consider all of the census results alongside the latest population wide data, and a range of other sources, such as school data. With this information, we will update the statistical trajectory towards the million and revise our priorities as needed. However, our aim will remain the same – to work together to reach a million Welsh-speakers and to double the daily use of our language.