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06 FebMeeting with Sarah Newton MP

Minister of State for Disabled People, Work and Health

– Cap on Access to Work Awards

Sarah Newton MPThe UK Council on Deafness and the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Deafness have held a positive meeting with the Minister for Disabled People, Sarah Newton MP, to discuss the cap on Access to Work awards.  The Minister described Access to Work as a fantastic scheme and indicated the Government desire to see it grow from year-to-year. She acknowledge that there were concerns around the cap and welcomed the meeting as a chance to hear the evidence from those affected.

Jim Fitzpatrick MP, Chair of the APPG, welcomed the meeting as a chance to re-open the dialogue with the Minister and highlighted the cross-party desire to re-establish the ability for Access to Work to support people at work whatever their work access needs. Stephen Lloyd, Vice-Chair of the APPG, notes the high unemployment rate which existed within the BSL community and said that there is an absence of role models for young deaf people. He argued that imposing a cap on Access to Work had the potential to knock the deaf community back and remove fifty years of progress. Read more of this article

28 NovURGENT – Send your view on TEXT or BSL Relays to your MP now!

With the debate at Westminster Hall this coming Thursday, 30th November, UKCoD have created the following suggested Email Templates for TEXT or BSL Relay users to send to your MP via email –  click on the template links below.

 

 

On the link below you will find instructions on how to send to your MP:-

Send your view on TEXT or BSL Relays to your MP (pdf)

If you have any questions, or need any help please contact UK Council on Deafness at info@deafcouncil.org.uk

Thank you for supporting our campaign to provide and improve a range of relay services for all those with a hearing loss.

 

23 NovUKCoD AGM 2017 – Trustees

The UK Council on Deafness AGM took place during the annual conference held at BT Tower on 16th November.  Craig Crowley, Chair of the Council was delighted to announce that the following trustees had been successfully elected and welcomed them to the board.

James Watson O’Neil, SignHealth
David Welbourn, BSHAA
Jill Jones, Deaf Ex-Mainstreamers
Sheila Sirco, Consult-Terra
Valerie Copenhagen, UK Deaf Sport
Thomas Lichy, Deaf London

Jason Barnett of Deafplus was successfully re-elected now to serve his second 3 year term with the Council.

The board look forward to welcoming our new Trustees at their first meeting in December.

22 NovMeeting with Sarah Newton, Minister for Disability

UKCoD and the APPG on Deafness will be meeting with Sarah Newton 29th January 2018

The APPG and UKCoD are meeting with Sarah Newton, the new Minister for Disabilityhttps://www.gov.uk/government/people/sarah-newton, on 29th January 2018 to discuss the cap to ATW awards.

Jim Fitzpatrick (APPG Chair), Craig Crowley (UKCoD Chair, affected by the cap April ’18), Toby Burton (who will be affected by the cap in April ’18) and I (as Chair of the UKCoD Employment group), will be attending.  There may be other people attending, this is to be confirmed.

We have sent Sarah Newton the results of the DeafATW survey about the cap, and case studies about how the cap is already affecting Deaf people.

 

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