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Language Strategy 2018-23

Although our principal language is English, we also need to consider demand for other languages when delivering our services to you. We introduced a language policy in 2006 in response to our increasingly diverse population. Since then we’ve developed a series of strategic aims for our Language Strategy. This will underpin future objectives and actions, while building on the legacy of our previous work.

We will:

  • address language and communication challenges and opportunities within the Belfast Agenda outcomes;
  • establish a transparent set of principles for promoting, protecting and enhancing the linguistic diversity of the city;
  • increase the profile of different languages along with awareness and understanding of associated cultures, heritage and traditions;
  • engage with language communities to address language barriers and promote equality of opportunity, through the development and integration of different languages into mainstream civic life;
  • enhance good relations through the promotion of linguistic diversity and to celebrate the significance of language in the history and culture of the city;
  • address staff training and capacity building needs in relation to the role linguistic diversity has in the workplace and in the delivery of services; and
  • work in partnership to promote linguistic diversity, to move toward our shared vision of inclusive growth, where no-one is left behind.

Download a Citizens' Summary of the Language Strategy (PDF - 293KB)
Download the full Language Strategy document (PDF - 538KB)

Easy read summary

Our easy read summary tells you what we are doing to help make everyone feel included.

Launch of Language Strategy 

In May 2018, the then Lord Mayor of Belfast, Councillor Nuala McAllister welcomed guests to City Hall to officially launch the council's new five year Language Strategy which aims to make Belfast a more inclusive, welcoming and diverse city. 

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