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.
- 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)
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 5 year Language Strategy which aims to make Belfast a more inclusive, welcoming and diverse city.