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Our manifesto for the Senedd Election 2021

Ahead of the Welsh Senedd election in May 2021, our manifesto sets out what we need from the next Welsh Government, Senedd and policy makers to make life fully inclusive for deaf people and those with hearing loss or tinnitus across Wales.

Our manifesto sets out the main policy areas we want the next Welsh Government to address. These are:

  • Employment
  • Health and social Care
  • Improve access to services.

Why this is important

In Wales, 1 in 5 of the population are deaf or have hearing loss. That’s around 600,000 people – an average of more than 15,000 adults in each Senedd constituency and more than 120,000 adults in each of the electoral regions.

With an ageing population, this is set to increase as approximately 70% of people aged over 70 have hearing loss.

What needs to change?


  • Establish a clear strategy to support people who are deaf or have hearing loss into work. RNID’s JobSense operation, funded by the Welsh Government and European Social Funds until 2022, is showing that people with a sensory loss can be successfully supported into work with appropriate pre-employment support from specialised advisors.
  • Ensure all other programmes aimed at helping disabled people into work, such as those provided by the Welsh Government Employability Plan 2018 and Covid recovery plans, are fully accessible to people who are deaf and have hearing loss.
  • Promote the Access to Work and In-Work Support schemes to raise greater awareness of support available to employers and employees and by doing so, to increase the number of employers who create inclusive and supportive workplaces for disabled people.

Health and social care

  • Ensure the widest possible compliance with the standards specified in The Framework of Action for Wales, 2017-2020 (Integrated framework of care and support for deaf people and those with hearing loss), published May 2017.
  •  Ensure the compliance with the Regulated Services (Service Providers and Responsible Individuals) (Wales) Regulations 2017,  as amended Version 2 – April 2019, pursuant to The Regulation and Inspection of Social Care (Wales) Act 2016.

Improve access to services

  • Ensure that patients and service users do get the support they need to communicate well when using health and social care services, as stated by the Welsh Government’s The Framework of Action for Wales, 2017-2020 (as above).
  • Require inclusion in patient records preferred individual communication methods and any required communication support (e.g. a qualified British Sign Language interpreter or an electronic note taker) to ensure accessible communication. If required, establish a digital strategy to ensure this can take place consistently and reliably across Wales.
  • Ensure that Welsh Government guidance promotes best practice regarding accessible communication and encourages engagement by the public, employers, retailers and public services.
  • Commit to continue to provide a BSL interpreter for all future/post-COVID-19 Welsh Government press conferences.

Read the full manifesto document (PDF)

Darllenwch y ddogfen faniffesto lawn (PDF)

How you can help

To help us secure a change, you can help us by getting in touch with your constituency and regional Senedd Parliament candidates and ask them to support our asks. There are two ways you can do this.

Email your candidates

Email your candidates and copy in wales@rnid.org.uk

You can use this sample text and edit it as you wish.

Hi [candidate’s name],

As a potential constituent of yours, I am asking if you will support RNID’s asks ahead of the Senedd Parliament elections? You can find out more at rnid.org.uk/senedd-election-manifesto


[Your name]

Tweet your candidates

Tweet your candidates and include the hashtag #RNID2021WS and tag us @RNID.

You can use this sample text and edit it as you wish.

Hi [candidate’s name], as one of my candidates, will you support @RNID’s asks ahead of the Senedd Parliament elections? #RNID2021WS