Final British Sign Language Plan 2018/24 (CLOSED)

The British Sign Language (Scotland) Act 2015 promotes the use of British Sign Language (BSL) in Scotland and requires the Council to develop a BSL Plan for the period 2018/24.  The BSL National Plan 2017/23 was developed through extensive engagement with D/deaf and Deafblind BSL users[1] and those who work with them; the National Plan is available to view by following the external link to the Scottish Government’s website: British Sign Language: National Plan 2017/23, which you can find on the left hand side of this page.

The National Plan includes 70 actions that the Scottish Government will implement by 2020 to help it make progress towards its ambition of making Scotland the best place in the world for BSL users to live, work and visit.  The Council’s Final BSL Plan 2018/24 – which was developed in consultation with local BSL users - sets out improvement actions we will implement during the next five years.  The improvement actions in our Plan are framed around the same long-term goals as the National Plan 2017/23.

A BSL version of the Council’s Final BSL Plan 2018/24 can be viewed via using the link in the External Links section on the left hand side of this page.

A PDF version of the Final Plan is also available to view by clicking on the link Final Inverclyde Council British Sign Language Plan 2018/24 in the Documents section of this page.

We would like you to tell us what you think of our Final BSL Plan 2018/24.

You can comment on the Plan by:

  • sending an email to
  • sending a BSL video to
  • writing to The Corporate Policy Team, Organisational Development, Policy and Communications Service, Inverclyde Council, Municipal Buildings, Greenock, Inverclyde PA15 1LY.

Your opinions will play an important part in shaping the Council’s Final BSL Plan 2018/24.  The more people who provide feedback, the better the Plan will be and we can ensure that we take the views of local people into account.

The closing date for comments is Monday, 5 November 2018. 

Please note that we are subject to the provisions of The Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 and therefore would have to consider any request made under the Act for information relating to written responses/records or oral representations made to us regarding the consultation on our Final BSL Plan 2018/24.

[1] Whenever we refer to BSL users, we mean D/deaf and/or Deafblind people (those who receive the language in a tactile form due to sight loss) whose first or preferred language is BSL.

Page last updated: 30 January 2019