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House of Commons – Petition Debate

House of Commons first: live simultaneous BSL interpretation for petition debate On Monday 5 March there will be a petition debate on making BSL part of the National Curriculum. The debate will be in Westminster Hall at 4.30pm. For the first time, live in-picture interpretation for people watching live online will be available and a subtitled version […]

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Meeting with Sarah Newton MP

Minister of State for Disabled People, Work and Health – Cap on Access to Work Awards The UK Council on Deafness and the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Deafness have held a positive meeting with the Minister for Disabled People, Sarah Newton MP, to discuss the cap on Access to Work awards.  The Minister […]

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URGENT – Send your view on TEXT or BSL Relays to your MP now!

With the debate at Westminster Hall this coming Thursday, 30th November, UKCoD have created the following suggested Email Templates for TEXT or BSL Relay users to send to your MP via email –  click on the template links below. Mandatory Video Relay Service (VRS) Template You would like a mandatory VRS to be introduced You have […]

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Meeting with Sarah Newton, Minister for Disability

UKCoD and the APPG on Deafness will be meeting with Sarah Newton 29th January 2018 The APPG and UKCoD are meeting with Sarah Newton, the new Minister for Disabilityhttps://www.gov.uk/government/people/sarah-newton, on 29th January 2018 to discuss the cap to ATW awards. Jim Fitzpatrick (APPG Chair), Craig Crowley (UKCoD Chair, affected by the cap April ’18), Toby […]

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30 June Parliamentary debate on deafness and hearing loss

The APPG on Deafness, chaired by Jim Fitzpatrick MP, has secured a 90 minute debate on deafness and hearing loss in Westminster Hall at 3pm on Thursday 30 June. Please tell the MPs you know about the debate, and encourage them to attend and speak. This is a great opportunity for us to make sure the government […]

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Jim Fitzpatrick MP new chair of APPG on Deafness

Jim Fitzpatrick MP was today elected char of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Deafness at an extraordinary general meeting. The vote became necessary after the previous chair, Lilian Greenwood MP, was appointed Shadow Secretary of State for Transport. One of Jim’s first aims as chair is to secure a Westminster Hall debate on NHS […]

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Lilian Greenwood MP to lead Parliamentary group on deafness

Lilian Greenwood, the Labour Member of Parliament for Nottingham South, has been elected chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Deafness. Lilian said: “I’m delighted to have been elected to this role and look forward to leading the group in an ambitious programme of work. “Many government policies are having an impact on people […]

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2011 Census data on number of BSL users

UKCoD/DAC – project to estimate need, demand and cost of relay services for d/Deaf people in the UK The 2011 Census contained a question on languages which, for the first time, enabled individuals to self-identify as BSL users. The raw data from the Scotland and England and Wales census gives a confusing and contradictory picture […]

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