British Sign Language Plan (2024-2030)


The BSL (Scotland) Act 2015 requires public bodies to publish BSL plans every six years. The draft plan is framed around similar priority areas identified in the British Sign Language (BSL) National Plan 2023-2029 published on 6 November 2023. 

The Comhairle's draft BSL Plan, as required by BSL (Scotland) Act 2015, sets out draft actions the Comhairle will take over the period 2024-2030.  This draft plan is available in both written English as well as BSL

Why we are consulting

The Comhairle is commitment to improving access to services for those using the language and raising awareness of BSL.

The Comhairle aims to involve BSL users and those who represent them; ensure that the consultation on the draft plan is accessible to D/deaf and Deafblind BSL users; and that the draft plan published in BSL as well as in English in both draft form, and in final form.

What happens next

We are now asking for your views on the draft BSL Plan. Comments received will be reviewed and the draft plan amended as appropriate. The final draft of the BSL Plan will be presented to the Policy and Resources Committee for approval on 7 February 2024.

All comments and feedback on the contents of the draft plan are welcomed.  If you would like to comment on this draft plan you can do this in a number of ways as detailed below.

Comments can be submitted in writing to the address below:

Organisational Development
Comhairle nan Eilean Siar
Sandwick Road

Comments can also be e-mailed to:

Alternatively BSL users can contact us via: contactSCOTLAND-BSL




11 December 2023


14 January 2024


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