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Sign Language

Question for Department for Work and Pensions

UIN 181059, tabled on 14 April 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans the Government has to give British Sign Language legal status.

Answered on

19 April 2021

On 18 March 2003 the UK government formally recognised that British Sign Language (BSL) is a language in its own right. Provision for accessing services by users of BSL are covered by the Equality Act 2010 and the Public Sector Equality Duty.

Existing equality legislation already means employers, service providers and public bodies have to provide services in BSL and other formats when it is reasonable to do so. The Public Sector Equality Duty requires public bodies to have due regard to the needs of all those with protected characteristics.

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