States of Jersey to bring back support worker for deaf people | BBC News

Jersey is to see a British Sign Language (BSL) support worker reinstated after the government cut funding for the role in 2018.

Deputy Malcolm Ferey said the post would return and potentially two part-time social workers and more equipment.

This would allow members of the deaf or hard-of-hearing community to “live more independent lives”, he said.

The community had been “left behind” since funding was axed nearly five years ago, he added.

Deputy Ferey, Assistant Minister for Social Security and Assistant Minister for Health and Social Services, said he did not know why the role was cut in the first place.

Jersey born Ella-Louise Territt has been deaf since she was 18 months old, and has had to travel for hearing appointments since she was young.

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