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Minister Orders Access to Work Review

16 May 2014

The British Deaf Association welcomes the announcement by the Minister for Disabled People, Mike Penning MP, to suspend the 30 Hours Rule and order a three month review of the Access to Work provision for Deaf and hard of hearing people.

David Buxton, the BDA’s Chief Executive, joined representatives from other deaf organisations as part of a UKCoD delegation led by Sir Malcolm Bruce MP and Stephen Lloyd MP, the newly elected Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Deafness, at a meeting with the Minister this week.

David Buxton said: “All those who have been campaigning and lobbying their MPs in the past few months deserve great credit. The government’s decision to hold a review is very welcome. We know this is only the beginning but the Minister is starting to recognise the fundamental issues. Let us hope we can avoid a situation where Deaf people end up losing their jobs.”

The BDA will meet with leaders from other deaf organisations on 20th May 2014 to discuss how we can work together under the UKCoD umbrella to present a united “voice” to the Minister, the DWP and Parliament throughout the review.

David Buxton added: “It is also most important for us to keep our campaigning momentum going towards a legal status for BSL which will protect the future of BSL. We urge you to join the BDA’s campaign to make this happen in our lifetime! The Minister also suggested the possibility of setting up an inquiry into the legal status for BSL, in particular the cost implications. With your support, we can make the inquiry happen.”

 

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