Welsh language row over Electoral Register letters

3 February 2017

Welsh speakers from the Vale of Glamorgan are upset after receiving electoral register letters that are not completely bilingual.

Residents in the area have found several translation errors on the Welsh side of the letter that is also partially in English.

The Vale of Glamorgan Council posted the letters in the run-up to the local council election registration deadline which is on Wednesday 1 March.

Welsh speakers from the area have raised their concerns on the social media platform, Twitter.

Russell Todd is a Welsh speaker who lives in Cardiff. His parents live in Dinas Powys and have received letters containing translation mistakes several times through the post.

Mr Todd says it’s a legal obligation to provide a service for Welsh speakers, “they should do it properly or it’s not worth it.

“It’s not about pitching England against Wales, it’s about quality and standards.”

He says the Welsh language standards set by the Council are inconsistent and translations are poor quality.

A table and all contact details are written in English.

Residents noticed the listings of people registered living in the household are in English.

The contact details of the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s Electoral Registration Office has not been translated into Welsh.

The Vale of Glamorgan Council apologised on Twitter for their mistake, CJS News have contacted the council and are waiting for a comment.



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