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Survey reveals rise in people speaking Welsh.

Byline: David Deans Senedd Correspondent david.deans@walesonline.co.uk

A SURVEY of how the Welsh language is used in Wales has recorded a big rise in the number of fluent speakers in Cardiff and Rhondda Cynon Taff.

The Welsh Language Use Survey for 2013/2015 shows that the number of people in Wales who consider themselves fluent has risen from 317,000 in 2005 to 319,000 over the last ten years.

The number of people who say they use Welsh daily has risen from 342,000 to 361,000, while the percentage of Welsh who speak some Welsh, if not fluently, rose from 9% to 12%.

But it also revealed that the capital has seen a large increase in the number of fluent speakers.

The capital's number of fluent speakers rose from 14,800 to 21,800, while in Rhondda Cynon Taf it rose from 11,200 to 16,600.

That came as falls in the numbers of fluent speakers were seen in the Welsh-speaking heartlands of West and North West Wales.

In Gwynedd it fell by 2,100, from 69,000 to 67,100. On the Isle of Anglesey the number of fluent speakers fell from 28,000 to 26,000.

Carmarthenshire saw the number of fluent speakers fall from 53,600 to 51,600, while in Ceredigion numbers fell slightly from 26,600 to 26,000.

Officials compared the figures, conducted in surveys between 2013 and 2015, with data collected between 2004 and 2006.

First Minister of Wales Carwyn Jones said: "This survey gives us a timely and helpful picture of the use of the language across Wales. There is a lot to be positive about here, with an increasing number of Welsh speakers speaking a little Welsh and with areas like Cardiff showing a significant increase in the use of the language."

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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
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Date:Nov 27, 2015
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