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The Welsh Language Standards (No. 6) Regulations 2017

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Regulation 2(2)

SCHEDULE 2Policy making Standards

PART 1THE STANDARDS

1

Standards relating to considering the effects of a body’s policy decisions on the Welsh language

Standard 94:

When you formulate a new policy, or review or revise an existing policy, you must consider what effects, if any (whether positive or adverse), the policy decision would have on —

(a)

opportunities for persons to use the Welsh language, and

(b)

treating the Welsh language no less favourably than the English language.

Standard 95:

When you formulate a new policy, or review or revise an existing policy, you must consider how the policy could be formulated (or how an existing policy could be changed) so that the policy decision would have positive effects, or increased positive effects, on —

(a)

opportunities for persons to use the Welsh language, and

(b)

treating the Welsh language no less favourably than the English language.

Standard 96:

When you formulate a new policy, or review or revise an existing policy, you must consider how the policy could be formulated (or how an existing policy could be changed) so that the policy decision would not have adverse effects, or so that it would have decreased adverse effects, on —

(a)

opportunities for persons to use the Welsh language, and

(b)

treating the Welsh language no less favourably than the English language.

Standard 97:

When you publish a consultation document which relates to a policy decision, the document must consider, and seek views on, the effects (whether positive or adverse) that the policy decision under consideration would have on —

(a)

opportunities for persons to use the Welsh language, and

(b)

treating the Welsh language no less favourably than the English language.

Standard 98:

When you publish a consultation document which relates to a policy decision the document must consider, and seek views on, how the policy under consideration could be formulated or revised so that it would have positive effects, or increased positive effects, on —

(a)

opportunities for persons to use the Welsh language, and

(b)

treating the Welsh language no less favourably than the English language.

Standard 99:

When you publish a consultation document which relates to a policy decision the document must consider, and seek views on, how the policy under consideration could be formulated or revised so that it would not have adverse effects, or so that it would have decreased adverse effects, on —

(a)

opportunities for persons to use the Welsh language, and

(b)

treating the Welsh language no less favourably than the English language.

Standard 100:

You must produce and publish a policy on awarding grants or providing financial assistance (or, where appropriate, amend an existing policy) which requires you to take the following matters into account when you make decisions in relation to the awarding of a grant or providing financial assistance —

(a)

what effects, if any (and whether positive or negative), the awarding of a grant or providing financial assistance would have on—

(i)

opportunities for persons to use the Welsh language, and

(ii)

treating the Welsh language no less favourably than the English language;

(b)

how the decision could be taken or implemented (for example, by imposing conditions ) so that it would have positive effects, or increased positive effects, on—

(i)

opportunities for persons to use the Welsh language, and

(ii)

treating the Welsh language no less favourably than the English language;

(c)

how the decision could be taken or implemented (for example, by imposing conditions) so that it would not have adverse effects, or so that it would have decreased adverse effects on—

(i)

opportunities for persons to use the Welsh language, and

(ii)

treating the Welsh language no less favourably than the English language;

(ch)

whether you need to ask the applicant for any additional information in order to assist you in assessing the effects of awarding a grant or providing financial assistance on—

(i)

opportunities for persons to use the Welsh language, and

(ii)

treating the Welsh language no less favourably than the English language.

Standard 101:

When you commission or undertake research that is intended to assist you to make a policy decision, you must ensure that the research considers what effects, if any (and whether positive or adverse), the policy decision under consideration would have on —

(a)

opportunities for persons to use the Welsh language, and

(b)

treating the Welsh language no less favourably than the English language.

Standard 102:

When you commission or undertake research that is intended to assist you to make a policy decision, you must ensure that the research considers how the policy decision under consideration could be made so that it would have a positive effects, or so that it would have increased positive effects, on —

(a)

opportunities for persons to use the Welsh language, and

(b)

treating the Welsh language no less favourably than the English language.

Standard 103:

When you commission or undertake research that is intended to assist you to make a policy decision, you must ensure that the research considers how the policy decision under consideration could be made so that it would not have adverse effects, or so that it would have decreased adverse effects, on —

(a)

opportunities for persons to use the Welsh language, and

(b)

treating the Welsh language no less favourably than the English language.

Standard 104:

When you develop or revise a course (or any component of a course) you must consider—

(a)

what effects, if any (and whether positive or negative), that course would have on—

(i)

opportunities for persons to use the Welsh language, and

(ii)

treating the Welsh language no less favourably than the English language;

(b)

how that course would have positive effects, or increased positive effects, on—

(i)

opportunities for persons to use the Welsh language, and

(ii)

treating the Welsh language no less favourably than the English language;

(c)

how that course would not have adverse effects, or so that it would have decreased adverse effects on—

(i)

opportunities for persons to use the Welsh language, and

(ii)

treating the Welsh language no less favourably than the English language.

PART 2INTERPRETING THE STANDARDS

2

In Part 1 of this Schedule a “policy decision” means any decision made by a body about the exercise of its functions or about the conduct of its business or other undertaking, in so far as the decision relates to—

(a)

the admission and selection of students;

(b)

information provided to students and prospective students about the body;

(c)

the welfare of students;

(ch)

complaints;

(d)

disciplinary proceedings in respect of a student;

(dd)

careers service;

(e)

student intranet, virtual learning sites and learning portal sites;

(f)

graduation and award ceremonies;

(ff)

the assessment or examination of a student;

(g)

the awarding of grants and the provision of financial assistance;

(ng)

(ng) public lectures;

(h)

learning opportunities;

(i)

courses;

(j)

signs on the body’s buildings;

(l)

student accommodation, libraries and arts centres;

(ll)

allocation of a personal tutor;

(m)

calls to a main telephone number (or numbers), helpline numbers, call centre numbers and automated telephone systems;

and includes, amongst other things (and as appropriate to the body), decisions about —

(i)the content of legislation;

(ii)the exercise of statutory powers;

(iii)the content of policy statements;

(iv)strategies or strategic plans;

(v)internal structures;

(vi)office and building locations;

(vii)the recruitment or use of volunteers.

3In Part 1 of this Schedule a reference to positive or adverse effects is a reference to such effects whether direct or indirect.
4

In this Schedule ‘learning opportunities’ has the same meaning as in paragraph 63 of Schedule 1.

5In this Schedule ‘allocation of a personal tutor’ has the same meaning as in paragraph 66 of Schedule 1.

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