Government is 'failing Cornwall' as Westminster ignores Language Charter Obligations

Mebyon Kernow – the Party of Cornwall slammed the official response to a 10,000 strong petition and have called on the government to re-instate funding for the Cornish language immediately. They called the response “shameful”
The government has said that “support for the development of the Cornish language was time-limited”
“Once again, the Westminster Government is failing in its responsibilities to Cornwall and Cornish identity”
But MK are saying the government is failing Cornwall by ignoring Westminster obligations to our language.
They say the Government has failed to understand that funding for the language is the responsibility of the Westminster government – under Parts 1 & 2 of the european Charter for Regional And Minorities and the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities”
 Dick Cole, leader of MK said : “Once again, the Westminster Government is failing in its responsibilities to Cornwall and Cornish identity, refusing to support our national language at the same time as it is presiding over a Boundary Review which threatens Cornwall’s historic border. As a signatory to the European Charter for Regional and Minority Languages, it is shameful that central government thinks it can walk away from its obligations in such a dismissive manner.

Mebyon Kernow members are committed to continuing to campaign for fair funding for the Cornish language.”

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Dick Cole, MK Leader

It has previously been alleged that a five year programme of funding was actually in the 2015 “devolution deal” until removed by central government just before the document was finalised. The leader of Cornwall Council, John Pollard, has since told the local media that he had been “reassured” by the DCLG that the removal of funding from the document “was a technical matter” and “that another funding route would be identified.”

Department for Communities and Local Government issued the following response:

“The Government has provided Cornwall Council with substantial spending power to allocate resources to their local priorities, including the Cornish language.

“The Government has always been clear that its funding of some £650,000 since 2010 to support the development of the Cornish language was time-limited, and that the Council should seek alternative sources in order to place it on a more sustainable basis.

“Cornwall Council has a core spending power of £1.7 billion over four years from which they can allocate the necessary resources to local priorities, including the development the Cornish language, if they wish.”

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