Gaelic language plan 2021-2026 - draft: consultation

Under the Gaelic Language (Scotland) Act 2005, we have a statutory obligation to support Gaelic through the development of a Gaelic Language Plan. This is the third iteration of our plan and outlines its commitments towards Gaelic and the National Gaelic Language Plan.

Chapter V: The Gaelic Plan in the Scottish Government

Overall responsibility for the Plan

The Permanent Secretary will be responsible ultimately for ensuring that the Scottish Government delivers the commitments set out in this Plan.


The Scottish Government will adopt a devolved approach to the implementation of the Plan and Directors-General will be responsible for ensuring that their staff are made aware of the Plan and how it affects their area of work.

Scottish Government Gaelic and Scots team

The Scottish Government's Gaelic and Scots team, which is part of the Learning Directorate, is responsible for Gaelic policy matters. We will report progress on the commitments in this Plan to Bòrd na Gàidhlig annually. We will work closely with contacts across the organisation to ensure the implementation of the Plan, and to identify opportunities for expansion going forward. We will also respond to all ad hoc requests on progress from the Bòrd. In the event that the terms of the Plan are not being met, then the report will explain the reasons why and will set out the steps which are being taken by the Scottish Government to address the difficulties.

Day-to-day responsibility for the Plan

The Gaelic Development Officer has day-to-day responsibility for issues relating to the Scottish Government's Gaelic Language Plan. Queries regarding the day-to-day operation of the plan should be addressed to:

Niall Bartlett
Gaelic Development Officer
Learning Directorate
Scottish Government
Area 2 b(North), Victoria Quay, Edinburgh, EH6 6QQ

Engaging with Staff

The Scottish Government will promote advice to staff through the internal website and the Scottish Government Gaelic Implementation Group.



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