British Sign Language bill receives government support

Two deaf students in library using British Sign Language

A Labour MP has received cross-party backing for a bill that would make British Sign Language (BSL) an officially recognised language. This would compel the government and public bodies to follow new guidance on BSL support for service users. The bill would also call for a British Sign Language Council to be set up, to promote the use of the language.

The bill must now go to committee stage, but its support from across the political spectrum in the Commons will give it a considerable advantage.

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