This is an HTML version of an attachment to the Freedom of Information request 'AtW Rates for booking interpreters, and sources of advice'.

Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) 
Central Freedom of Information Team 
 
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Darren Townsend-Handscomb 
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Our reference: VTR 4785 
 
Date:
 13 November 2014  
 
Dear Mr Townsend-Handscomb, 
 
Thank you for your Freedom of Information request received on 29/10/2014.   
You asked for:- 
 
Can I ask for all written information at AtW / DWP re the following questions.  
If there is no written information, please confirm that, and answer the 
questions raised in your reply. 
 
1) 

In your response to the previous FoI you say “Our delivery team does 
work to expectations of reasonable rates … For fully qualified interpreters, we 
would currently expect maximum hourly rates …”, and “reasonable 
benchmark amounts, based upon the qualification level of interpreters”. 
 
What are your “expectations of reasonable rates”, “reasonable benchmark 
amounts”, and “expected hourly maximum rates” for the various 
communication services relevant to Deaf AtW users – including Registered 
BSL/English interpreters (RSLIs), Registered Trainee BSL/English interpreters 
(RTIs), Registered Lipspeakers, Registered Speech to Text Reporters, 
Notetakers, and Communication Support Workers; and if they vary regionally, 
what are they regionally? It would be helpful if this information could be 
provided in table format. 
 
Our response - Advisers make funding decisions based on information 
received, working on some expectation of reasonable costs for the type of 
provision in question, gathered from empirical experience and information 
from a range of sources and evidence. There are no preconceptions about an 
appropriate hourly rate for support based solely upon the type of work that a 
customer undertakes. The key consideration is that the support meets the 
needs of the customer in question – funds are not calculated on a 
comparative basis. When determining the hourly rates to be awarded, 
customers are asked to provide three quotes from different providers for the 
type and level of support they are requesting. 
 
2) 
In response to the previous FoI, it said “our hearing impaired delivery 
team gathers information and discusses such levels, on a regular basis, with a 
range of appropriate organisations”. 


 
From 1st January 2014 to date, which organisations or businesses have 
provided information? What information was provided by those 
organisations/businesses?   
 
Our response – Access to Work do not have records pertaining to the 
information you have requested, we are therefore unable to provide the data 
you have requested. 
 
 If you have any queries about this letter please contact us quoting the 
reference number above.   
Yours sincerely,  
 
 
DWP Central FoI Team 
 
 
 
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months of the date of this letter.  
 
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