English is the principal language of Belfast City Council. However, we recognise the diverse nature of Belfast and Northern Ireland, and have taken steps to meet the demand for services in other languages.
This began with the development of our Language Policy in 2006, and then the launch of our Language Strategy in 2018. The strategy underpins future objectives and actions, while building on the legacy of our previous work.
The Language Strategy commits the council to taking action on:
- Ulster Scots
- newcomer languages
- Sign Languages
- languages and communications for people with disabilities
Our strategy examines the use of these languages in engagement with residents and in signage, branding, forms, social media and our website.