Gaelic Language Plan 2021-26: Public Consultation

Closed 5 Sep 2021

Opened 23 Jul 2021

Results updated 5 Oct 2021

All responses have now been analysed and our findings (attached below) have been shared with Bòrd na Gàidhlig. 

A total of 6,753 responses were received. This includes 5268 responses to the English language version of the consultation, 1485 responses to the British Sign Language (BSL) version and 13 responses were received in Gaelic. Not every respondent answered every question.

A variety of diversity monitoring information relating to the age, race, gender, disability and long-term conditions of individuals was gathered (as is standard procedure in such public consultations to ensure we are reaching all of Scotland’s diverse communities). These can be provided upon request. These data were used throughout the process to enhance our reach and communications towards stakeholders and population sub-groups.

The most notable feature of the consultation was a significant number (approx. 75%) of respondents who displayed an annoyance or general ambivalence towards the concept as whole. The main reasons given for opposing the plan were:

  • Government interference and politically driven;
  • Not a job for the police with resources better spent on core role;
  • Inappropriate due to the small number of Gaelic speakers in Scotland who almost all speak English; and,
  • Other languages (Polish, Urdu, Doric etc) were more worthy of this focus.

As a public authority, a duty is placed on Police Scotland to publish an updated Gaelic Language Plan under the Gaelic Language (Scotland) Act 2005. Police Scotland will continue to take on board the feedback we have received in this consultation to improve the accessibility of our services in the future. We work hard to ensure language is not a barrier for anyone who needs us. Alongside this work, we will continue to support the Gaelic language, so that it continues to be visible and audible throughout our organisation and within the diverse communities we serve.

Analysis of the remaining responses were categorised into key themes. A summary of each theme and the position of the present draft edition of Police Scotland’s revised plan is presented in the document attached here.

If you have questions, or need to access the results in a different way, please email



This consultation seeks your views on the Police Scotland's draft Gaelic Language Plan 2021-26.

Our draft plan was prepared within the framework of the Gaelic Language (Scotland) Act 2005, and seeks to support the National Gaelic Language Plan’s overarching aim that “Gaelic is used more often, by more people and in a wider range of situations”.

The Plan sets out for comment our proposed commitments in support of the National Gaelic Language Plan to:

  • Increase the use of Gaelic
  • Increase the learning of Gaelic
  • Promote a positive image of Gaelic.

Stakeholders, partners and members of the public are invited to take part in this consultation.

The survey will take no longer than 8 minutes to complete.

Complete the survey in a different way

BSL users can complete the survey here

This survey is also available in a version that is easier to read and in Gaelic. If you need either of these versions, see the links section at the bottom of this page.

Please let us know if you want to complete the survey in a different way (for example, over the phone):

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Your personal information

Your response is anonymous and you will not be identified through the information you provide unless you choose to identify yourself in your responses. All questions are optional meaning you can chose to answer all, some or none of them. 

By completing this survey, you agree to Police Scotland using your anonymised data for analysis and reporting that will improve the service we provide.

Police Scotland is committed to protecting and respecting your privacy. We have robust procedures in place to ensure that any data that you provide is processed and stored securely. We will never pass your data on to any third parties without your express consent. We also meet the requirements of the Data Protection Act 2018 (General Data Protection Regulation or 'GDPR').

If you have questions

If you have any questions, please email:

Why your views matter

Purpose of Gaelic Language Plans

The Gaelic Language (Scotland) Act 2005 was passed by the Scottish Parliament on 21st April 2005 with cross-party support and received Royal Assent on 1st June 2005.

Gaelic language plans help ensure that Gaelic continues to be used and that the linguistic diversity of the whole of Scotland is enriched.

We have a duty to consult with the public on our draft Gaelic Language Plan to ensure it is fit for purpose. We will take into account your feedback before publishing our final plan.

What happens next

Thank you for taking part. We will use the feedback we have gained from this consultation to ensure that our draft Gaelic Language Plan is fit for purpose before publication. We will share our final plan on our website - this will be publicly available. 


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