Any use of a Framework Agreement will instigate its own cap on the hourly amount for any contract. Any agency administering the AtW budget for a Deaf person will use this amount to cut the rates of pay for an interpreter so that it comes in below their budget.
The fees offered to a professional interpreter would be below market rates which means interpreters will not be able to work for those amounts, resulting in even fewer interpreters being available to work within AtW settings. It will have the long term effect of forcing interpreters to leave the profession. The DWP would be attempting to control the market by using a framework that does not follow the market rates interpreters charge.
NUBSLI have worked closely with StopChanges2AtW, DPAC, Inclusion London, Deaf AtW, Graeae Theatre and received the support of Unite the Union, since changes to the AtW scheme first began. We are aware that other groups of disabled people are also being hit by the cap, and it is essential that we all work together to ensure that any suggested solution to this issue works for everyone.
We continue to strongly oppose changes which are detrimental and disadvantageous to Deaf and disabled people in accessing employment.