People should be able to identify themselves as Cornish in the next British census, says the 47-nation Council of Europe.
The call comes in the council’s latest report on the situation of national minorities in the United Kingdom and the UK’s compliance with the Framework Convention on National Minorities, issued today.
It recommends the Government should take the necessary measures to include a Cornish ‘tick-box’ in the next census in view of the Cornish people’s recognition as a national minority.
The Council of Europe, of which the UK is a member, is separate to the EU and administers areas including the European Court of Human Rights.
In the report, its advisory committee ’regrets the minimal profile of Cornish on mainstream media… so far the BBC has tended to group Cornwall as part of South West England and in an arbitrary manner blending out Cornish issues’.
The report is also critical of the decision almost a year ago to cut funding for the Cornish language. The Government has since claimed a new grant for Cornish culture could support the language.