Consultation on the Expert Advisory Panel's Recommendations Report for an Ulster-Scots Language, Heritage & Culture Strategy

Consultation opened on 07 March 2022. Closing date 29 April 2022.


The Department for Communities is taking forward the development of an Ulster-Scots Language, Heritage and Culture Strategy. This is a New Decade, New Approach commitment. Minister Hargey established an Expert Advisory Panel with representatives from across academia and the Ulster-Scots language, heritage and culture sectors to produce a recommendations report to help inform a strategy. The report has been published and views are being sought.

The ‘Call for Views’ can be completed online in English or Ulster-Scots via the links at the bottom of this page. Alternatively, written responses can be provided by downloading and completing the Word documents below. Easy Read and Children and Young People’s surveys shall shortly be available. Responses prepared in these formats should be sent to the email or postal address provided within the document.


Consultation description

The Department has launched a ‘Call for Views’ by way of an online survey to obtain input from the public and stakeholders on the published Ulster-Scots Language, Heritage and Culture Strategy Expert Advisory Panel’s Recommendations Report. The information gathered will help inform the development of a strategy for an Ulster-Scots Language, Heritage and Culture Strategy.

The report is presented in four key sections: Policy Analysis and Framework; Vision Statement; Actions; Implementation and Monitoring. Within the Actions section, the report has outlined a number of recommendations organised into 10 Action areas with each addressing particular areas of focus: Powers and Resources; Education; Academic Research & Development; Language; Institutional Establishment; Community and Cultural Life; Media; Our Human Rights; Connectedness; Economic Development. It is upon these key sections and action areas that the survey is seeking input.

Following analysis of the responses received, the Department for Communities will publish a report on the departmental website, which will outline feedback received and the next steps. This will also feed into the development process for a draft strategy.

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