Government Departments: Sign Language

(asked on 21st May 2018) - View Source

Question to the Department for Work and Pensions:

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they recognise sign language as a valid and legal means of communication with all Government departments.

Answered by
Baroness Buscombe Portrait
Baroness Buscombe
This question was answered on 5th June 2018

British Sign Language (BSL) was recognised as a language in its own right by the UK Government in March 2003. All Government departments are under a legal duty under the Equality Act 2010 to make reasonable adjustments when communicating with disabled people, which might include the provision of BSL interpreters.

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