The National Plan for Gaelic

Under the Act, a National Plan for Gaelic guides Gaelic development and describes how Bòrd na Gàidhlig will meet its responsibilities. The Plan must be renewed at least every five years, and the Bòrd must seek people’s opinions on a draft of the Plan, and must secure approval from the Scottish Ministers, before publishing each Plan.

Gaelic Language Plans

One of the key responsibilities of Bòrd na Gàidhlig under the Act is to ask certain public bodies to prepare and implement a Gaelic language plan.

There are a number of provisions in the Act which explain that Bòrd na Gàidhlig can, when appropriate and reasonable, ask a public body to draft and implement a Gaelic language plan. The Act also explains how Bòrd na Gàidhlig can assess how a public body is meeting the aims of its Gaelic language plan. Bòrd na Gàidhlig and public bodies can approach the Scottish Ministers when agreement cannot be reached on matters relating to Gaelic language plans and their implementation.

In a Gaelic language plan, the latest National Plan for Gaelic should be taken into account; and the extent to which Gaelic is used within, and in relation to, the work and services of the public body must be considered. Also any representations received on the use of Gaelic in relation to the work and services of the organisation must be considered, and advice given by the Scottish Ministers and Bòrd na Gàidhlig must be taken into account.

  • To read more about the Gaelic Language Act please click here