Disabled People: Covid-19

Part of Women and Equalities – in the House of Commons on 23rd September 2020.

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Photo of Caroline Nokes Caroline Nokes Chair, Rt Hon Caroline Nokes MP Committee, Chair, Rt Hon Caroline Nokes MP Committee

The charity SignHealth has been working to provide British Sign Language translation for covid sufferers in health settings free of charge since the pandemic began. It has submitted a grant application to the Department of Health and Social Care, but so far that has not been awarded. Will my hon. Friend use his best endeavours with colleagues at that Department to get this apparent blockage shifted? As we seek to avoid a second wave of the virus, we also have to ensure that deaf people who are reliant on BSL as their main form of communication are not disadvantaged in their access to information.