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West Lothian Council Gaelic Language Plan 2021-2026

West Lothian Council recognises that Gaelic is an important part of Scotland's heritage, national identity and current cultural life. To preserve Gaelic language and culture, all councils in Scotland must have a Gaelic Language Plan.

The Gaelic Language (Scotland) Act 2005 was passed by the Scottish Parliament in 2004. Its aim is to secure the status of the Gaelic Language as an official language of Scotland commanding equal respect with the English language. West Lothian's Council's Gaelic Language Plan was approved in August 2021.

The Gaelic Language Plan will act as a policy framework for developing Gaelic within Council services while recognising the importance of Gaelic in the educational, cultural, social and economic activity within West Lothian.

We wish to support the revitalisation of the language and we will collaborate closely with Bòrd na Gàidhlig and our community planning partners to achieve this aspiration.