The BSL Act 2022 will recognise BSL as a language in its own right

In a momentous day for tens of thousands of British Sign Language (BSL) users, parliament passed a Bill yesterday (27 April) which will recognise BSL as a language of England, Wales and Scotland in its own right.

The British Sign Language Bill was introduced by Rosie Cooper MP on 16 June 2021 and received unanimous cross-party support. The Bill was passed after its third reading in parliament and will now receive Royal Assent.

As well as recognising BSL as an official language, the BSL Act 2022 will place a duty on the Secretary of State for the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to regularly report on what each relevant government department has done to promote or facilitate the use of BSL in its communications with the ...

Suzanne Townley
News Editor
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