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Government calls for information for a Market Review of BSL and Communications provision for People who are Deaf or have Hearing Loss

People who are deaf or have hearing loss are being given the chance to share their views on the language and communication support available to them as part of a wide-ranging review.

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The Government has launched the call for evidence in order to better understand the strengths and weaknesses of the language and communication services available and support future strategy and policy decisions.

Minister for Disabled People Justin Tomlinson is leading the effort which is being supported by other Government Departments as well as organisations that work for and with people who are Deaf, Deafblind or have hearing loss. People who work in the communication and language profession are also being consulted.

The main areas of focus of the review are demand, supply and technology as well as what the market may look like in the future. Minister for Disabled People Justin Tomlinson said: “We want as many people as possible to get in touch and share their views. Whether you use language and communication services or work within the profession this is your chance to influence the policies of the future.

We want to know how many people are providing these services, who uses them and how it’s working. “This is the biggest project of its kind and will be vital in making sure that communications services for the deaf community work as well as possible.” Individuals and organisations have until 5pm on 4 March 2016 to respond. More information is available from: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/communications-for-people-who-are-deaf-or-have-hearing-loss-market-review