NUBSLI submits data to DWP market place review

By NUBSLI | Published on 24 March 2016

Last updated on April 5th, 2019 at 6:39 pm

Related: Access to Work market review

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The Department of Work & Pensions is leading a review of the market for British Sign Language and communication support for people who are deaf, deafblind or have a hearing loss.

NUBSLI are part of the steering group for this project and agreed to help gather evidence for the market review as part of our annual survey on working conditions.

The data for those interpreters who agreed, and the evidence that NUBSLI wrote, has now been shared with the DWP. The consultation period has now closed.

We had so much data across so many areas that the DWP agreed we could send evidence covering 5 areas. You can view the evidence for each area below. The PDF documents, below, are relatively short and concise, fairly accessible, and combine survey responses, your quotes, and feedback from NUBSLI members.

  1. General evidence, including interpreter’s concerns, how many people are choosing to reduce interpreting hours or leave the profession, the framework contract, etc.
    view this evidence
  2. VRS / VRI.
    view this evidence
  3. Deafblind interpreting, etc.
    view this evidence
  4. Translation.
    view this evidence
  5. Communication Support Work (CSWs)
    view this evidence

The priority was to get this evidence written and in on time, so we are just starting on the 2016 Annual Working Conditions report, which will be available online once finalised.

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