Letter: Deaf need more than pounds 33 a week

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The Independent Online
Sir: The House of Lords' decision in the case of Rebecca Halliday ("Woman deaf since birth wins new deal for disabled", 22 May) is important for its recognition of the communication needs of deaf people. However, its effect in extending opportunity and choice for deaf people will be largely symbolic. In practical terms, an allowance of pounds 33 per week would purchase two hours of interpreting.

This judgment will not resolve the fundamental problem of the shortage of registered qualified sign-language interpreters - there are fewer than 100 in the UK - or the lack of funding for training more of them.


Chief Executive

Council for the Advancement of Communication with Deaf People