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MK condemns government response to Cornish language petition
Mebyon Kernow – the Party for Cornwall has described the official DCLG (Department for Communities and Local Government) response to a 10,000-strong petition calling on central government to reinstate funding for the Cornish language as “shameful.” In its reply, DCLG stated that “support for the development of the Cornish language was time-limited” and failed to understand that funding for the language is the responsibility of the Westminster government under Parts 1 and 2 of the European Charter for Regional and Minority Languages 2002 and the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities 2014.

The following statement has been issued on behalf of MK:

“Once again, the Westminster Government is failing in its responsibilities to Cornwall and Cornish identity, refusing to support our national language at the same time as it is presiding over a Boundary Review which threatens Cornwall’s historic border. As a signatory to the European Charter for Regional and Minority Languages, it is shameful that central government thinks it can walk away from its obligations in such a dismissive manner.

“Mebyon Kernow members are committed to continuing to campaign for fair funding for the Cornish language.”

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It has previously been confirmed that a five year programme of funding was actually in the 2015 “devolution deal” until removed by central government just before the document was finalised. The leader of Cornwall Council, John Pollard, has since told the local media that he had been “reassured” by the DCLG that the removal of funding from the document “was a technical matter” and “that another funding route would be identified.”

The extremely short statement from the Department for Communities and Local Government was as follows and has been widely condemned:

“The Government has provided Cornwall Council with substantial spending power to allocate resources to their local priorities, including the Cornish language.

“The Government has always been clear that its funding of some £650,000 since 2010 to support the development of the Cornish language was time-limited, and that the Council should seek alternative sources in order to place it on a more sustainable basis.

“Cornwall Council has a core spending power of £1.7 billion over four years from which they can allocate the necessary resources to local priorities, including the development the Cornish language, if they wish.”
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Published on 15th November 2016.

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