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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

04 NovThe outcome of Common Purpose Conference

Press Release – 4 November 2016

Craig Crowley

Craig Crowley MBE, chief executive of Action Deafness, was appointed chair of the UK Council on Deafness at its AGM on 2 November. Craig succeeds Jim Edwards, who took up the position in 2010.

The AGM was part of the Council’s annual conference, which this year celebrated the power of collaboration. Groups of presenters explained how their cooperation had brought about benefits for people who are deaf or have a hearing loss.

Jim Edwards said: “I am delighted to announce Craig is the new chair of the Council. His appointment comes at an exciting time, with the sector working more collaboratively than ever before. His involvement with the initiative to define a common purpose means he is well placed to take up the reins.”

Craig said: “Jim’s six year stewardship of the Council is much appreciated. In particular, he made sure we kept challenging ourselves. The Board and I look forward to continuing what he worked so hard to begin.”


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16 AprDeaf sector pulls together ahead of general election

Organisations concerned with deafness and hearing loss will be working collectively to influence the next government following agreement of a statement of common purpose.

Organisations are now from all sectors are now being asked to become founder signatories and promote the statement.

A campaign will be launched after the general election to raise awareness of the problems faced by people who are deaf or have a hearing loss and the solutions the sector is pursuing.

The aim is to take us closer to a world in which people who are deaf, Deaf, deafblind, deafened or hard of hearing are able to fulfil their potential.

It will benefit everyone who is deaf or has a hearing loss, whether they use sign language or  spoken language, have a cochlear implant or hearing aids, or see themselves as disabled or part of a cultural minority.

Craig Crowley, chief executive of Action Deafness, is chair of the task force that has produced the statement. Craig said: “We are pleased and encouraged that we’ve agreed this basis for collective work in a relatively short time.

“Everyone seems to have recognised a lack of common purpose has stopped us making the political and social progress on deafness and hearing loss we should have. We now have a firm platform from which to speak to government and the public.”

Jim Edwards, chair of the UK Council on Deafness, which led the initiative on behalf of its members, said: “In the past, organisations have focused on differences of opinion, rather than common aims. The focus this statement provides is an indication that’s changing.

“Because whatever we think about the importance of using this or that language, or the benefits of one or other medical intervention, we agree society shouldn’t hold someone back just because they are deaf or have a hearing loss.” Read more of this article