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15 Jun30 June Parliamentary debate on deafness and hearing loss

APPG-logo-PORTCULLISThe APPG on Deafness, chaired by Jim Fitzpatrick MP, has secured a 90 minute debate on deafness and hearing loss in Westminster Hall at 3pm on Thursday 30 June.

Please tell the MPs you know about the debate, and encourage them to attend and speak. This is a great opportunity for us to make sure the government is aware of the range of issues faced by people who are deaf or have a hearing loss.

The motion for the debate is “that this House has considered the NHS England Action Plan on Hearing Loss and the new adult hearing service commissioning framework”. The framework is due to be published soon.

The debate will also be an opportunity to discuss issues of deafness and hearing loss in general, such as support into education and employment, and access for sign language users. For example, the Life Chances Strategy launched by the Prime Minister in January 2016 talked about the importance of support for families, education, and health and social care in supporting self reliance. Deaf people still face many barriers to accessing these services.

We are preparing a briefing for MPs ahead of the debate. While we know our members will be preparing their own, please feel free to tell us what you think should be included.

 

16 DecJim Fitzpatrick MP new chair of APPG on Deafness

jim_fitzpatrick_mpJim Fitzpatrick MP was today elected char of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Deafness at an extraordinary general meeting. The vote became necessary after the previous chair, Lilian Greenwood MP, was appointed Shadow Secretary of State for Transport. One of Jim’s first aims as chair is to secure a Westminster Hall debate on NHS provision of hearing aids. Clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) have been considering proposals to ration provision.

07 JulLilian Greenwood MP to lead Parliamentary group on deafness

Lilian Greenwood, the Labour Member of Parliament for Nottingham South, has been elected chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Deafness.

Lilian said: “I’m delighted to have been elected to this role and look forward to leading the group in an ambitious programme of work.

“Many government policies are having an impact on people who are deaf or have a hearing loss. We need to make sure they are levelling the playing field, not making it harder for people to succeed.”

Lilian was elected at the first meeting of the group since the general election. Three vice chairs were also elected: the Lord Shipley OBE (Liberal Democrat), Neil Carmichael MP (Conservative) and Ian Mearns MP (Labour).

Despite several of its members losing their seat at the election, the Group is now larger, with 17 MPs and five Lords.

The Group also discussed its work programme for the year. Top of the list is to support Action on Hearing Loss’ Subtitle It! campaign to bring subtitles to on demand television and film. The Group will also

  • support efforts to make sure hearing aids for all are provided by the NHS;
  • support the Hearing Screening for Life campaign to introduce screening for all adults;
  • work with Signature to raise awareness of deafness and hearing loss with the aim of reducing stigma; and
  • consider the impact of government policy on the education and employment prospects of people who are deaf or have a hearing loss.

The Group will also hold an inquiry into the cost of minority language status for British Sign Language (BSL). It wants to understand the economic, social and personal costs of not recognising a language indigenous to the UK, and what it would mean to the country if the government ratified the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages with respect to BSL.