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21 MarPress Release

We are pleased to see that the Department of Work and Pensions has decided to significantly raise the Access to Work cap. This will help deaf people whose first language is British Sign Language (BSL) to access the communication support so vital to enabling them to thrive and succeed in the workplace.

The increase in the cap to £57,200 from April 2018 means that many more people will no longer face restrictions that impact their ability to carry out their jobs. We welcome this development which will reduce the barriers people face when accessing vital support to work, but we believe it is important to continue to monitor the impact of the cap on those with highest needs.

We welcome the ongoing engagement that the DWP has had with the sector through the UK Council on Deafness and DWP’s commitment to work collaboratively with us to monitor the impact of the cap. We will work with Access to Work’s specialist team as it seeks to coproduce tailored workplace assessments, and to improve its advice to Deaf people and employers, including on the appropriate use of technology, and we are committed to continue working with the Department to explore how this scheme can work for all.



28 Feb3 March 2018: World Hearing Day

On World Hearing Day 2018, WHO will draw attention towards the anticipated rise in the number of people with hearing loss across the world with the theme “Hear the future”.

The key messages for this event will highlight the:

  • expected rise in prevalence of hearing loss globally over the coming years (based on statistical projections);
  • efforts that are required to stem the rise through appropriate preventive action;
  • need to ensure that people with hearing loss have access to the required rehabilitation services and the communication tools and products they require.

Further details and to register your event can be found here.

22 NovDebate at Westminster Hall, 30 November 2017

Urgent Update

Briefing for MPs [pdf]

As many of you will be aware; the Chair of the APPG, Jim Fitzpatrick MP, has secured a three hour debate on deafness and hearing loss which will take place in Westminster Hall between 1:30-4:30 on Thursday 30th November.  This is a general debate and MPs will be free to discuss any issue connected to deafness and hearing loss.

We are currently working with a number of organisations Read more of this article

28 Sep2017 UKCoD Trustee Election

The UK Council on Deafness invites you to nominate yourself or a senior representative from your organisation for a position on its Board.

This year we have four vacancies.  Long standing trustees, Bencie Woll and Michael Quinlan are standing down after serving two terms and Gary Cottrell, who stood down last December.  Jason Barnett has completed his first term of three years, so is eligible for re-election should he wish to put his name forward once more.

Please consider whether you can nominate a senior representative from your own organisation to join our Board.  We need nominations to join our remaining Trustees, who are:

  • Craig Crowley, Chair UKCoD – Action Deafness
  • Mary Sorene – BIVR
  • Jeff McWhinney – SignVideo
  • Simon Pearse – Trustee NADP
  • Ralph Nattress – Retiree

It’s an exciting and active time to increase your involvement with the Council and the Board will oversee work over the next year that includes areas such as

  • A common purpose for the sector
  • Telecommunications/VRS
  • Public health campaign
  • APPG on Deafness
  • Access to Work update
  • Deaflympics GB recognition
  • BSL Inquiry

To make a nomination, please complete the 2017 Trustee Election – Nomination Form together with the name of the Member Organisation representative supporting this nomination, sent with brief biographical information (maximum 170 words) and return it via:

Ralph Nattress at


UK Council on Deafness, c/o Griffin Chapman, 4 & 5 The Cedars, Apex 12, Old Ipswich Road, Colchester, Essex CO7 7QR.

Nominations must be received by 5pm on Wednesday, 18th October 2017.

If more than four people are nominated a ballot will take place end of October and the result will be announced at our AGM on Thursday, 16 November 2017.

On behalf of the Board of Trustees:

Craig Crowley MBE

Chair, UK Council on Deafness


14 SepAction on Hearing Loss GP Survey

Do you find it difficult to book GP appointments?

Do you need a BSL interpreter to get all the information you need about your health and care?

If so, Action on Hearing Loss want to hear from you!  

Over the past three years, NHS guidance and quality standards have been introduced across the UK which to improve the way GPs and other NHS services communicate with people who are Deaf.  Action on Hearing Loss have launched a major new survey to gather evidence on the impact of these changes.

video has also been produced, see link below, which explains the survey in BSL.  Action on Hearing Loss are offering an option for people to book appointments with them so that your answers can be given in BSL over Skype/Facetime.

Take the survey today and share your views!