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02 OctUKCoD Annual Conference

At BT Tower, London on 20th November

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27 MarBSL Costings Inquiry Group – Statement

Recent work with the All Party Parliamentary Group on Deafness (APPGD), by members of UKCoD, regarding an Inquiry into the cost of BSL recognition stalled due to lack of resources and change of government following the election in 2017.

A group, supported by UKCoD has agreed to scope a study on the ‘Delphi’ principles, as a viable and cost-effective alternative to a formal APPG Inquiry. The study would seek to ensure:

  • Good sectoral engagement and commitment
  • Good use of existing data
  • Developing a solid understanding of the ‘costs of BSL recognition’ for presentation to government.

The group also supported a proposal to draft a Private Members Bill as a parallel activity, it was agreed that it would be useful if members of this group could provide copies of drafts they may have prepared.

The chair of the APPG on Deafness, has raised a parliamentary question over which government department is responsible for BSL, the Leader of the House of Commons has agreed to seek clarification on this point.

The group is to meet again in two months’ time to discuss finalising the strategy and funding.

21 MarUKCoD Thank Efforts of Employment Group Members

The UKCoD Board would like to acknowledge and thank the members of the UKCoD Access to Work/Employment Group for their valued contribution and commitment in the build up to our persuasive and successful campaign with DWP regarding the Access to Work cap.

They are as follows:

Darren Townsend-Handscomb – DeafATW (Chair)
Martin McLean – National Deaf Children’s Society
Bob Marsh – Clarion Employment Service
Sally Paull – Positive Signs
David Buxton – Disability Action
Paul Lennon – Network Rail
Rob Geaney –  Action on Hearing Loss (AoHL)
Rowena Stobart – AoHL
Jim Edwards – Independent
Lidia Best – National Association of Deafened People (NADP)
Dan Sumners – Independent
Bob Birchall – Deafness Support Network
Lindsey Jane Rousseau – NATSIP

The UKCoD Employment Group played a huge role and gave endless positive support and commitment throughout the whole process.

Our sincere thanks also to Positive Signs, Disability Action, Network Rail, Deafness Support Network and NATSIP together with those who have worked independently with us, Jim Edwards (former Chair of UKCoD) and Dan Sumners (former UKCoD APPG on Deafness secretariat).

This is one example of how membership with UKCoD proved invaluable and allowed us to be heard as one voice for all within our sector.

Once again, our sincere thanks our members for this much needed united support.

We hope our work continues to strengthen the future for many within the sector which in turn secures all our futures.

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21 MarPress Release

We are pleased to see that the Department of Work and Pensions has decided to significantly raise the Access to Work cap. This will help deaf people whose first language is British Sign Language (BSL) to access the communication support so vital to enabling them to thrive and succeed in the workplace.

The increase in the cap to £57,200 from April 2018 means that many more people will no longer face restrictions that impact their ability to carry out their jobs. We welcome this development which will reduce the barriers people face when accessing vital support to work, but we believe it is important to continue to monitor the impact of the cap on those with highest needs.

We welcome the ongoing engagement that the DWP has had with the sector through the UK Council on Deafness and DWP’s commitment to work collaboratively with us to monitor the impact of the cap. We will work with Access to Work’s specialist team as it seeks to coproduce tailored workplace assessments, and to improve its advice to Deaf people and employers, including on the appropriate use of technology, and we are committed to continue working with the Department to explore how this scheme can work for all.

 

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12 SepAPPG on Deafness

The APPG on Deafness held its AGM last Tuesday, 5th September and re-register as an APPG following the general election.

We are delighted to announce that at this meeting, Jim Fitzpatrick MP (Labour, Polar and Limehouse) was reappointed unopposed as Chair of the Group.  Full details of appointed officers can be found at http://deafcouncil.org.uk/about-us/party-parliamentary-group-deafness/

APPG

During the AGM a good discussion took place on Access to Work and BSL Language recognition.  The minutes of the meeting and previous meetings can be viewed at http://deafcouncil.org.uk/policy-and-campaigns/meetings/ or here:

APPG on Deafness Minutes [PDF]

Note:  
A survey on the AtW cap has been created, details of which can be found here.  The All Party Parliamentary Group on Deafness (APPG) and UK Council on Deafness (UKCoD) are supporting this survey. We need to gather further evidence on the ATW cap before engaging with the Minister for the Disabled (Penny Morduant MP) and the Department of Work and Pensions.

IMPORTANT: The survey needs to be completed before Friday 22nd September 2017