Deaf News: Communication Support Bill published as deaf campaign reaches crucial point

Posted on October 15, 2013


It’s the Bill you’ve all been waiting for (at the bottom of the article). Here is the Communications Support (Deaf People) Bill that is due to be debated in Parliament on Friday 25th October .. if there’s time.

Mike_Penning_Official

MIke Penning, the New MInister for Disabled People

It is the third piece of business on the order paper for the day’s parliamentary business and needs to have its second reading before 3pm when MPs head off for the weekend (if they hadn’t already) or its over.

If it is debated, then it needs to be voted through and even then Ministers still need to allocate time for the Bill to be debated further, which will only happen if the government think it should.

The signs are good though that the government may be in a mood to listen. The new Minister for Disabled people, Mike Penning, is keeping his predecessors promise to meet Sir Malcolm Bruce to talk about the bill, even though he’s just got the job. He would be well within his rights to cancel and set his own agenda.

Deaf issues are said to be of importance to Mr Penning because he is deaf in one ear and he used to have a deaf girlfriend. He could be willing to take forward certain aspects of the Bill, like a review of communication support for deaf people, if he doesn’t want to go the whole hog and support the creation of a Council for Communication Support, which makes up the bulk of Sir Malcolm’s Bill.

Campaigners from various deaf organisations are meeting MPs in Westminster today to explain the need for the Communication Support Bill and encourage them to support it next Friday.

 

 

By Andy Palmer, Deputy Editor (@LC_AndyP)

The Limping Chicken’s supporters provide: sign language interpreting and communications support (Deaf Umbrella), captioning and speech-to-text services (121 Captions), online BSL learning and teaching materials (Signworld), theatre captioning (STAGETEXT), Remote Captioning (Bee Communications), visual theatre with BSL (Krazy Kat) , healthcare support for Deaf people (SignHealth), theatre from a Deaf perspective (Deafinitely Theatre ), specialist lipspeaking support (Lipspeaker UK), Deaf television programmes online (SDHH), language and learning (Sign Solutions), BSL interpreting and communication services (Lexicon Signstream), sign language and Red Dot online video interpreting (Action Deafness Communications) education for Deaf children (Hamilton Lodge School in Brighton), and legal advice for Deaf people (RAD Deaf Law Centre).

The Limping Chicken is the world's most popular Deaf blog, and is edited by Deaf journalist and filmmaker Charlie Swinbourne.  Find out how to write for us by clicking here, how to follow us by clicking here, and read our disclaimer here.

The site exists thanks to our supporters. Check them out below: