Cornwall Council has condemned the government’s decision to cut all its funding for the Cornish language with immediate effect.
The government has provided up to £150,000 a year to support Cornish language since it was recognised under the Charter for Regional and Minority Languages in 2003. The grant has been used to support the development of the language, such as funding a range of educational activities.
The council has received a formal letter from the Department of Communities and Local Government stating that it was not providing any further funding support.
Council Cabinet Member for Economy and Culture, Julian German, said: “The Cornish language is a great source of pride for Cornwall and is part of what makes Cornwall and the Cornish unique. The Government’s decision not to support Cornish with any funding whatsoever goes against the international agreements they have signed up to, and that makes no sense at all. Cornwall has received funding from Government for a number of years and all we asked for was to continue at this level of funding.”
Cornwall Council will work with the Cornish language community and representative organisations to discuss how to protect and develop the Cornish language in the future.