Scottish Government Gaelic Language Plan 2016-2021

How the Scottish Government supports Gaelic in its operations, to ensure the language has a sustainable future in Scotland.

Structure Of The Scottish Government Gaelic Language Plan

The key components of our Gaelic Language Plan are:

Chapter I: Introduction

This chapter provides background information to the Gaelic Language (Scotland) Act 2005 and its main features. An overview is provided of the key statutory provisions relating to the preparation of Gaelic Language Plans under the 2005 Act. A brief overview of the structure of the Scottish Government and its main areas of operation is also provided.

Chapter II: Core Commitments

This chapter sets out how the Scottish Government will use, and enable the use of Gaelic in relation to its main business functions. It covers key areas of operation such as our corporate identity, how our mail and email will be handled, staff training and the use of Gaelic on our websites. The chapter sets out the basic minimum level of Gaelic language provision which we are committed to providing in the five-year lifetime of the Plan. We are very much aware that the linguistic landscape has altered during 2010-15 and this iteration of the Plan is designed to keep pace by allowing us to add provisions as necessary and appropriate.

Chapter III: Commitments to the National Gaelic Language Plan

This chapter sets out how the Scottish Government will help implement Bòrd na Gàidhlig's National Gaelic Language Plan. It includes a summary of projects and directly funded organisations introduced in 2010-2015. It also includes future commitments by the Scottish Government in achieving the outcomes of the National Gaelic Language Plan.

Chapter IV: Implementation and Monitoring

This chapter sets out how the implementation of the Scottish Government's Gaelic Language Plan will be taken forward, and how this implementation will be monitored.


Email: Ruaraidh MacIntyre

Phone: 0300 244 4000 – Central Enquiry Unit

The Scottish Government
St Andrew's House
Regent Road

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