On 17th September 2015, the Scottish parliament passed the Scotland British Sign Language Bill into law and it will be given Royal Assent in four weeks’ time. This legislation, which will promote the use of British Sign Language (BSL), has been unanimously backed by MSPs.
The British Sign Language (Scotland) Bill was brought forward by Labour MSP Mark Griffin. The Labour MSP says we are missing out on what deaf and deaf-blind people can offer and we can no longer afford to do so
The new legislation will require Scottish ministers to develop a national plan for BSL and place an obligation on public-sector bodies to prepare and publish their own plans. The aim is to increase awareness of BSL and its use in the delivery of services Languages Minister Dr Alasdair Allan said the Scottish Government would set up a BSL group to advise on the content of the national plan