Over recent years, I have been approached to interpret for many BATOD events such as AGMs, Special Interest Groups and Committee Meetings. However, the thorny subject of payment has usually created discussion. BATOD have always ensured that their interpreters’ invoices are paid promptly in every region but, with all costs escalating, this is a burden on your membership fees.
Following discussions with various NEC members, I have been asked to highlight the potential funding sources available via Access to Work.
The disabled person will be assessed by the Access to Work adviser, either face to face or by telephone. If specialist technical advice is required, the Adviser will organise this.
Unfortunately, this might not happen immediately, but temporary arrangements can be put in place.
The employer pays for the support, in the first instance, and claims these costs back from Access to Work via Special Claim forms.
For all new employees (the application has to be made within six weeks of starting work or you employ an unemployed person) the grant is up to 100% of the approved costs.
Existing employees who apply may have a proportion of the support costs met as detailed below.
|Approved Cost||Maximum Access to Work contribution|
|Less than £300||Nil|
|Between £300 and £10,000||80% of the cost over £300|
|Over £10,000||80% of the cost between £300 and £10,000 & 100% of the cost over £10,000|
A review of needs will take place every three years or can be arranged it the circumstances change.
These costs are only available when additional costs are incurred due to a disability. Always check your obligations under the DDA as this, in no way, makes you exempt from them. If you would like further information, contact your local Jobcentre Plus.
Let us hope that additional support costs can, in part, be met by Access to Work.
BATOD members in Wales may be interested to know that funding is available for Oral Support as well as BSL Support. Liz Morrison, Advisory Teacher of the Hearing-Impaired in Wales, has been assured that funding may also be available for a family member to act as an oral communicator if that person was deemed to be competent.