Thursday, 21 April 2016

BREAKING NEWS: Central government cuts Cornish language funding

Cornwall Council has just released a press statement condemning the Conservative Government, which has decided to “cut all its funding for the Cornish language with immediate effect.”

The main extract from the Cornwall Council press release is as follows:

“The Government has provided up to £150,000 a year to support the Cornish language since it was recognised under the Charter for Regional and Minority Languages in 2003. This grant has been used to support the development of the language, including funding a range of educational activities.

“At the end of last year the Council was asked by the Government to submit a bid for funding for the current financial year. This bid was supported by MPs, George Eustice and Sarah Newton, as well as Cornish Members of the House of Lords, Cornwall Chamber of Commerce, and the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly LEP.

“The Council has now received a formal letter from the Department of Communities and Local Government stating that it was not providing any further funding to support the development of the Cornish language – despite the recognition of the Cornish people as a national minority in April 2014.”

I am absolutely appalled, and Mebyon Kernow will be making further comment in the next few hours.

3 comments:

David Broadhurst said...

Did you actually expect fair treatment from London?

Mike Angove said...

Cornwall voted in 6 Tory M.P.s to get a government only interested in the South East of England. Couldn't really expect anything else. The upcoming referendum can only make matters worse. If the referendum goes for exit, Cameron has free reign to override anything and everything, having no control from Brussels for minority exit. If the referendum votes to stay in, Cameron wins again as that backs his stance.

The Ancient Biker said...

There is a Tory government that exists, as always, for the benefit of the rich and powerful, Kernow is neither rich nor powerful.