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Gaelic plan 'could cost Aberdeenshire Council more than £300,000'

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Implementing the Gaelic Language Plan could cost Aberdeenshire Council more than £300,000, councillors are to be told this week.

The Gaelic Language Act has the aim of securing it as an official language of Scotland, commanding equal status with English.

It would cost more than £200,000 to make changes to road signs and introduce a bilingual logo.

A Gaelic language officer could be appointed to drive the changes through.

This would be on a three-year contract worth a total of £100,000.

Children at Aberdeenshire nurseries could have access to a Gaelic-speaking teddy bear to help them practice colours, shapes and numbers.

The report will go to the policy and resources committee on Thursday.

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