The Council has outlined its ongoing commitment to supporting the Gaelic language and its speakers across Argyll and Bute as part of a new Scottish Government consultation.
Councillors today approved a response to the consultation on ‘Gaelic and Scots and a Scottish Languages Bill’, re-affirming its support for Gaelic and moves to increase opportunities for its use in education and employment.
The development is part of the Scottish Government’s strategy for strengthening the Gaelic language and supporting Gaelic speakers in communities in Scotland, the aim being to raise levels of use, provide more services and extend opportunities.
In the 2011 census, Argyll and Bute had the third highest figure for those aged 3+ who had some skills in the Gaelic language. The language has played a significant role in the area’s history with Gaelic songs, music and poetry forming an important part of the local culture.
Councillor Robin Currie, Leader of Argyll and Bute Council:
“We are committed to promoting Gaelic and encouraging its use across the region. The language has played an important part in the history of Argyll and Bute and it’s in all our interests to help it flourish.
We would welcome further discussion with Scottish Government about how a Gàidhealtachd might benefit Argyll and Bute as we continue to seek population increase and a stronger, sustainable economy.
“Our submission to this consultation is in line with our Gaelic Language Plan which outlines in detail how we will work in partnership with other organisations to deliver on the Gaelic Language Act and ensure a long term future for Gaelic in Argyll and Bute.”