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Changes to the BSL Bill – Scot Govt amendments - Stage 2

 

Changes to the BSL (Scotland) Bill – Scottish Government amendments - Stage 2

The layout of the Bill has been changed to include all the amendments/changes - see document copy from Scottish Parliament - click here.

The First National Plan

The first National Plan will be produced and presented to the Scottish Parliament within 2 years of the Bill becoming an Act. This plan will be published as soon as is reasonably practicable after the Scottish Parliament receives and approves it. It will be published in English as well as BSL.

The second and ongoing National Plans

These will be produced and presented to the Scottish Parliament at intervals of no more than 6 years. So every 6 years, another National Plan will have to be produced and presented to the Parliament, then published in English as well as BSL.

(6 A) the Scottish Ministers are to have regard to the need to make that consultation accessible to persons who use British Sign Language and who are deaf, or deafblind.

Deafblind people who use BSL have been added to the Bill.

Listed authorities’ BSL plans

(iv) where the authority has previously published at least one Authority Plan, to such comments as are contained in any Performance Review which relates to the most recently published such plan

This has been changed to

(iva) to the most recently published report under section 5, Progress Reports.

Listed authorities’ British Sign Language plans

(6 A) the Scottish Ministers are to have regard to the need to make that consultation accessible to persons who use British Sign Language and who are deaf, or deafblind.

This sentence has been added into this section too.

These amendments/changes are to make sure that all sections of the Bill have the same wording in them now that the changes have been made.

Publication by listed authority

These amendments/changes take away or change what is written in section 3 so that all sections of the Bill have the same wording in them. This includes the public authorities added to the list after the second or future National Plans have been published.

(6B) A requirement which this section imposes to publish a revised Authority Plan includes (but is not satisfied by) making the content of the plan, and an explanation of the changes it contains, publicly available, in such form and manner as the listed authority publishing it considers appropriate, in British Sign Language.

This has been added and means that if the public authority makes changes to its language plan, it must explain the changes in BSL and publish the changed plan in BSL.

The Performance Review has been changed completely to Progress reportsThis is the change that the Local Councils wanted as they do not report directly to the Scottish Government Ministers.

The report of the review of the first National Plan will be produced within 3 years of the date that the first National Plan is published. We will produce a timetable of the dates for publishing plans and reporting if the Bill becomes an Act.

Forms of British Sign Language

These amendments/changes add in a new section ‘Forms of British Sign Language’ which provides that references to BSL in the Bill are to both the visual form and the tactile form of BSL, except where the Bill deals with the publication of National and Authority Plans.

Tactile BSL is Hands-on BSL that some Deafblind people use.

When the National Plan and Authority Plans are published, they will be published in BSL and English only.

Listed Authorities

Other public authorities and bodies have been added to the list in the Bill.

These are:

Audit Scotland.

The Commissioner for Children and Young People in Scotland.

The Commissioner for Ethical Standards in Public Life in Scotland.

All 32 local Councils

All the Health Boards including special Health Boards

The Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator.

The Police Investigations and Review Commissioner.

A body which is a “post-16 education body” for the purposes of the Further and Higher Education (Scotland) Act 2005.

The Scottish Commission for Human Rights.

The Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service.

The Scottish Housing Regulator.

The Scottish Information Commissioner.

The Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body.

The Scottish Public Services Ombudsman.

The Standards Commission for Scotland.

Special provision where early dissolution of the Parliament

This section has been removed as the planning and reviewing time tables have been changed so it is no longer needed.

Alteration of date of publication of plan or review in exceptional circumstances

This has been removed because the planning and reviewing time tables have changed.

Interpretation

This section has been added to explain some of the words and sentences used in other sections.

The BSL (Scotland) Bill with all the amendments added can be read here.

 


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