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Highland Council welcomes cash boost for Gaelic Education

Issued: 13 Mar 2007

The Highland Council welcomes the announcement from the Scottish Executive that Gaelic Medium education in the Highlands is to receive an additional £45,000 in the current financial year 2006/07 and £880,000 for 2007/08.

Councillor Hamish Fraser, Chairman of The Highland Council's Gaelic Select Committee said: "The council very much welcomes additional funding to support Gaelic developments across Highland. This is very much needed to support the significant work already underway to revise our Gaelic Language and Culture plan launched at Inverness Town House in May 2005.

"Following recent consultation on the draft National Plan for Gaelic, staff within the Education Culture and Sport service are revising our plan to address the new requirements of the national planning framework. Highland is one of the first seven public bodies in Scotland who have been requested by Bord na Gaidhlig to produce a language plan in accordance with the requirements of recent legislation. Highland Council is in the vanguard of Gaelic developments nationally and this funding will enable the authority to further progress Gaelic services for children, families and communities across Highland."

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