#Where Is The Interpreter Part II Press Release

Despite criticism by the Courts in the case of Katherine Rowley v The Cabinet Office, and 275 compensation cases in the Central London County Court, the UK Government continues not to make national broadcasts accessible to deaf people who use British Sign Language (BSL).

Lynn Stewart-Taylor, who founded the “Where is the Interpreter?” campaign which raised funds for the successful legal case, tuned into watch the Government’s broadcast on 7th September only to find there was no interpreter at all. Again, when tuning in to watch the COP26 announcements she found that there was no interpreter, despite assurances from the Government in the Rowley case that at least in-vision interpreters would be provided where on-platform interpreters were impractical.

“I could not believe that we had been totally ignored again. Sign language people messaged me straight away, including a deaf teaching assistant concerned about the lack of access for sign language children that meant they were unable to follow the  COP26 announcements. The government has failed us. 

Lynn Stewart-taylor

I feel that having come this far, we need to hold the Government to account, and let them know that our rights cannot be ignored. If we don’t fight to change the system, things will continue to be the way they are! So I have taken the decision to bring legal proceedings again, against the Cabinet Office.” 

Lynn Stewart-Tayor

Chris Fry, who has led the legal challenge on behalf of deaf people since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic has begun the pre-action process for Judicial Review and is now collating numbers for a new class action against the Government on behalf of others who were unable to access the broadcasts.  Speaking of his involvement, he said

 “In July this year, the Court took the rare and historic step of declaring that the Cabinet Office had unlawfully discriminated against deaf people who use British Sign Language (BSL) by failing to provide BSL Interpreting for COVID-19 data briefings.

chris fry

We had all hoped for change, and that the Government would take deaf rights seriously, but remarkably things appear to have got worse. Failing to build BSL into national broadcasts is a failure to recognise the importance of deaf people in our society and I am now building a further legal challenge to bring the case back to the Courts as quickly as possible.”

Chris Fry

After supporting the initial case and campaign, the Royal Association for Deaf people (RAD) has pledged its full support, once again.  Amanda Casson Webb, Joint Chief Executive, said,

“Earlier this year we welcomed the Court’s ruling that the UK Government had breached the Equality Act when it failed to provide on-platform interpreters for its COVID-19 briefings, marking it as a landmark moment in deaf history. 

Amanda casson webb

Like many, we were hopeful for change, and proud of the momentum the WhereIsTheInterpreter campaign galvanised within the deaf community.


The continued failure of the UK Government to make its broadcasts accessible to deaf people is bitterly disappointing.


We are proud to once again, stand by Lynn and our allies in the deaf community to support this legal action so that together, we can ensure that the UK Government fulfils its duty, as defined in the Equality Act – and for deaf BSL users to be fully involved and included in every aspect of life.”


Claims are being brought for compensation as well as policy change.

#Where Is The Interpreter Part II

#WhereIsTheInterpreter #WhereIsTheDeafTranslators #BSL #deaf #DoNotExcludeUs #StrongerTogether #COP26

Thank you to RAD and Chris Fry for their amazing support.

Strong TOgether

One thought on “#Where Is The Interpreter Part II Press Release

  1. Wasn’t happy with Government Boris Johnson when he meeting on 7th September about COP26 and 1st Nov and 9th November still no interpreter but saw interpreter on News with Boris Johnson but interpreter wasn’t right x standing very low but which sign so we can’t see properly sign we all need campaigns for this x want equal with all hearing people x we are deaf people to knowledge more information about COP26


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