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12 SepAPPG on Deafness

The APPG on Deafness held its AGM last Tuesday, 5th September and re-register as an APPG following the general election.

We are delighted to announce that at this meeting, Jim Fitzpatrick MP (Labour, Polar and Limehouse) was reappointed unopposed as Chair of the Group.  Full details of appointed officers can be found at http://deafcouncil.org.uk/about-us/party-parliamentary-group-deafness/

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During the AGM a good discussion took place on Access to Work and BSL Language recognition.  The minutes of the meeting and previous meetings can be viewed at http://deafcouncil.org.uk/policy-and-campaigns/meetings/ or here:

APPG on Deafness Minutes [PDF]

Note:  
A survey on the AtW cap has been created, details of which can be found here.  The All Party Parliamentary Group on Deafness (APPG) and UK Council on Deafness (UKCoD) are supporting this survey. We need to gather further evidence on the ATW cap before engaging with the Minister for the Disabled (Penny Morduant MP) and the Department of Work and Pensions.

IMPORTANT: The survey needs to be completed before Friday 22nd September 2017

12 SepA SURVEY ON THE ATW (Access to Work) CAP

IMPORTANT NOTE:

The ATW CAP survey has been created to provide more information about the effects of capped ATW budgets on the working and professional lives of Deaf people.

The survey is definitely for you if:-

  • You have an ATW award

and

  • Your allocation has already been capped, or will be capped in April 2018

and

  • You live in England, Wales or Scotland (not Northern Ireland).

The survey is in BSL (British Sign Language) and English.  If you would like to answer the questions in BSL then please contact darrenth@gmail.com.

IMPORTANT: The survey needs to be completed before Friday 22nd September 2017.

The survey link is:  https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/ATW_CAP

ATW survey 2017

 

Please note: we need MORE people to complete the survey.

This is your opportunity for your views and experiences to be ‘heard’ by the Government (The Department of Work and Pensions).

Please share information about this ATW cap survey with your friends and colleagues.

The All Party Parliamentary Group on Deafness (APPG) and UK Council on Deafness (UKCOD) are supporting this survey. We need to gather further evidence on the ATW cap before engaging with the Minister for the Disabled (Penny Morduant MP) and the Department of Work and Pensions.

24 JunCall for nationwide public health campaign

We have today sent a briefing to MPs calling for the Government to work towards a nationwide public health campaign on deafness and hearing loss.

We have prepared the briefing for the Parliamentary debate next week on the NHS Action Plan on Hearing Loss [PDF] and the adult hearing service commissioning framework

The debate was called by Jim Fitzpatrick MP, the chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Deafness. It is at 3pm on Thursday 30 June in Westminster Hall.

Jim Edwards, chair of the UK Council on Deafness, said: “After much discussion with our members, we are agreed a nationwide public health campaign is in all our interests.

“The idea was first suggested by the common purpose awareness mission group. It was then endorsed by the common purpose steering group, our Board, the Hearing Loss and Deafness Alliance, and our members who regularly attend APPG meetings.

“The common thread in all the things we are working on is the need for greater awareness. The public needs a better understanding of the impact of deafness and hearing loss. People who are deaf or have a hearing loss need better awareness of the services and other support available to them, and their rights. Hearing people need better awareness of how to protect their hearing and what to do if they start to experience a hearing loss. And government needs a better understanding of the impact of its policies on people who are deaf or have a hearing loss.

“A campaign will encourage people to take control of their life by having their hearing tested by their GP or provider of audiology services. It will urge them not to let deafness and hearing loss become a barrier to them being involved in education, employment, politics, community activity – all elements of society.

“And all our members will be able to use the campaign as a springboard, whether they are focused on increasing the number of lipspeaking classes, equal access for sign language users, or helping more deaf young people benefit from cochlear implants.

“We know there are challenges ahead. Public health budgets have been devolved and there are many competing health priorities. But the number of people who are deaf or have a hearing loss is in the millions and constantly rising. The NHS England Action Plan on Hearing Loss recognises the enormous personal, social and economic impact of untreated hearing loss. And The Ear Foundation estimates that economic cost to be £30bn a year.

“So if we stay committed to our common purpose and work together, it’s definitely something we can achieve.”

Download the briefing [RTF]

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.

 

03 FebDWP pilots Access to Work personal budgets

On Monday the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Iain Duncan Smith, announced a pilot of personal budgets for the Access to Work scheme.

In a statement to Parliament he said: “We are trialling a new feature of the access to work scheme. From today we shall be testing the use of personal budgets, which will allow disabled people who have received grants to decide exactly how and when the money can best be used to support their individual needs. That gives them more choice and more control over the support they receive to help them to start work, to stay in work, or even to start a business.”

The announcement follows a statement made by the Minister for Disabled People in March 2015, which was the result of negotiations about the scheme with our Access to Work special interest group.