Consultation on the Draft Scottish Government Gaelic Language Plan 2015-20

Closed 22 Jun 2015

Opened 27 Apr 2015

Feedback updated 5 Jan 2016

We asked

We sought views on the second iteration of the Scottish Government's Gaelic Language Plan, to inform how we can best support the status of the Gaelic language in Scotland.

You said

We received 9 responses, from individuals, public authorities and independent organisations.

The overall response showed general support for the commitments made in the Scottish Government’s Gaelic Language Plan, particularly regarding its role in achieving the aims of Bòrd na Gàidhlig’s National Gaelic Language Plan, and the importance of the Scottish Government leading by example for other public authorities developing Gaelic Language Plans.

We did

We analysed the responses and made some additions and clarifications which had been indicated by the consultation. The Draft Guidancewas submitted to Bòrd na Gàidhlig for approval under the Gaelic Language (Scotland) Act 2005 and our officers are working with Bòrd na Gàidhlig on the final version.

Results updated 21 Jul 2015

Mòran taing don h-uile duine a chur beachdan thugainn air ar Dreachd Phlana Gàidhlig. Gheibhear sgrùdadh air na freagairtean a fhuair sinn gu h-ìosal.

Many thanks to all those who submitted responses to our Draft Gaelic Plan. An analysis of the responses received can be found below.


  • Gaidhlig, 26.5 KB (Office Word 2007 XML document)
  • English, 24.8 KB (Office Word 2007 XML document)

Published responses

View submitted responses where consent has been given to publish the response.


The Gaelic Language (Scotland) Act 2005 was passed by the Scottish Parliament with a view to securing the status of the Gaelic language as an official language of Scotland commanding equal respect to the English language.

One key provision of the 2005 Act enabled Bòrd na Gàidhlig (the Scottish Government’s principal Gaelic development body) to require public authorities to prepare Gaelic Language Plans. This provision was designed to ensure that the public sector in Scotland plays its part in creating a sustainable future for Gaelic by raising its status and profile and creating practical opportunities for its use.

In addition to this, Bòrd na Gàidhlig was required to produce a National Gaelic Language Plan, a statutory document under section 2 of the 2005 Act. The second iteration of the National Gaelic Language Plan was published in 2012. The National Plan offers a holistic overview of Gaelic development needs, covering language acquisition, language usage, language status and language corpus issues. It sets out priorities for Gaelic development, and identifies bodies which can contribute to achieving them. The National Gaelic Language Plan’s second iteration was published by Bòrd na Gàidhlig in 2012.

The Scottish Government was among the first public authorities to develop and implement a Gaelic Language Plan, in which it laid out the steps it would take to increase the use of Gaelic in its daily operations, as well as how it would support Bòrd na Gàidhlig in the fulfilment of the commitments made in the National Gaelic Language Plan. The current Scottish Government Gaelic Language Plan has been in place since 2010, and is now undergoing the renewal process as required by the 2005 Act.


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Why your views matter

The Scottish Government is seeking the views on the second iteration of its Gaelic Language Plan, to inform the execution of our commitment to Gaelic, and to inform how we can best support the development of the Gaelic language in Scotland.