British Sign Language

The British Sign Language (Scotland) Act 2015 was approved by Scottish Parliament to promote the use of British Sign Language (BSL).

The Act required Scottish Government to publish a National BSL Plan. Public authorities including Councils, must also publish their own local Plans to support delivery of the National Plan.   

The (BSL) National Plan (2017 - 2023) was developed through extensive engagement with D/deaf and Deafblind BSL users and those who work with them. This was published in October 2017. View or download the English version of the (BSL) National Plan

Stirling Council (BSL) Plan 2018-2024

Our BSL Plan is now available in English and BSL in a series of short videos. These allow you to view each section of the Plan individually. The titles of the videos match those in the English version of the Plan.

This Plan sets out the actions Stirling Council will take to provide equal access to services and support for BSL users in the Council area.  It follows the BSL National Plan and shows the Council’s commitment to protecting and supporting BSL.

Council service areas and partner organisations worked together to develop this plan, people who use BSL, and people and organisations supporting and working with them have also been involved in its development.


The Council wants to continue to work with people who use BSL in delivering the Plan and monitoring progress on this.

To receive a printed copy of the Plan please send your name and address via the contact us on the right. 

For questions about this plan contact us:

Liz Fraser - Equalities Coordinator or

Lesley Gallagher - Service Manager, Regeneration & Inclusive Growth

British Sign Language (BSL) users can contact us via the ContactScotland Website: