Current Legislative and Policy Framework for the Cornish

CURRENT LEGISLATIVE AND POLICY FRAMEWORK FOR THE CORNISH
CORNWALL COUNCIL

LEGISLATIVE OR POLICY INSTRUMENTS / PROCESSES TIMELINE ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
CENSUS 2001 Census. Cornish Ethnicity and the Cornish Language were sanctioned by Parliament as part of the Census Order and designated the 06 code by the Office for National Statistics.

2011 Census.  Cornish National Identity, Cornish Ethnicity and the Cornish Language received (high profile) parliamentary approval as part of the Census process.  The 06 code applies throughout the UK.

UK ETHNICITY DATA CODES The Cornish have designated UK-wide ethnicity data collection  codes.

NHS – CD

Police – W6

DfES –  WCOR

PUPIL LEVEL ANNUAL SCHOOL CENSUS (PLASC) Cornwall Local Education Authority (LEA) has included Cornish as a dedicated tick-box in the annual statutory Pupil Level Annual School Census (PLASC) since 2006. Perce­­­ntage of children identified/self-identified as Cornish in Cornwall’s primary and secondary schools:

2006: 24%

2007: 27%

2008: 30%

2009: 34%

2010: 37%

2011: 41%

EQUALITY ACT

Nine Protected Characteristics

2010 The Cornish, as a traditional, indigenous British minority and a distinct ethnic group, have the protected characteristic of “Race”, specifically because of their “ethnic and national origins”.
1999 – Cornwall County Council resolution:  to support the campaign to obtain a designated Cornish category within the Census.

2003 – Cornwall County Council resolution: to include the Cornish category in all ethnicity monitoring work done by the Council.

2009 – Cornwall Council resolution: to recognise the distinctive culture of Cornwall and the place of the Cornish language as a unique cultural asset, with the language as a vital part of Cornwall’s contemporary culture and of its heritage.

2010 – Cornwall Council resolution:  to agree the Council’s Corporate Equality and Diversity Framework.

“It is essential that the Council is sensitive to the unique heritage and culture of Cornwall and to those people in our Community who describe their origin as Cornish. In practice this will include:

• Supporting the continued use and promotion of the Cornish Language

• Ensuring that we include Cornish in any monitoring and analysis of our population

• Making sure we actively support and develop Cornish heritage and culture

• Being sensitive to the impact of the above in any strategies, policies, functions and services we develop and implement”

Cornwall Council 2010

EUROPEAN CHARTER FOR REGIONAL OR

MINORITY LANGUAGES

2002 – The UK government ratified the treaty with respect to the Cornish Language.  The purpose of the Charter is to protect and promote the historical regional or minority languages of Europe.

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