Gaelic language plan 2022 to 2027

Third iteration of our Gaelic language plan - produced under the Gaelic Language (Scotland) Act 2005. It outlines the steps we are taking to support Gaelic and Gaelic speakers within our internal operations.

Chapter V The Gaelic Language 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 this edition of the Plan and Directors-General will be responsible for ensuring that their staff are made aware of and engage with this edition of the Plan and how it affects their area of work.

Scottish Government Gaelic and Scots Division

The Scottish Government's Gaelic and Scots Division, which is part of the Education Reform 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. The proposed Scottish Government Gaelic Language Plan Implementation Group will have a key role to play here in ensuring dissemination of information and sharing of good practice.

We will also respond to all ad hoc requests on progress from the Bòrd. In the event that the terms of this edition 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 this edition of the Plan should be addressed to:

Niall Bartlett
Gaelic Development Officer
Education Reform Directorate
Scottish Government
Area 2 b(North), Victoria Quay

Engaging with Staff

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

Third Parties

The Scottish Government will refer to our Gaelic Language Plan when considering contracts and arrangements that they enter into with third parties. To help with this, we have produced guidance for staff which will be hosted on our internal website.



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