For many public sector appointments in Wales it is a requirement to be able to speak Welsh. However the majority of Welsh citizens do not speak Welsh so the pool from which public appointments are made is severely limited. A mandatory requirement like this should be outlawed so that local bodies can make sensible choices about the level of Welsh speakers that may be required and be able to select the best people from any linguistic background.
Why does this idea matter?
The Welsh economy needs all the help it can get. Being unable to select the best candidates because of this language issue is an unnecessary impediment to academic, economic and social progress. At present English speakers (and all non-Welsh speakers) are effectively denied the right to work in parts of the public sector in Wales. This must be contrary to EU law.
The desire in Wales to support the Welsh language is understandable and legitimate. However the limitation in making apointmemts is only one example of a wasteful and damaging practice in support of the language which actually damages the overall performance of the Welsh nation. Local authorities and utility companies usually send out bills and documentation in two languages. The recipient should have an option to receive paper in one language only. This would save a very large duplication of paper which is presently dumped immediately on delivery.