Darren Townsend-Handscomb: Fill in the DeafATW survey for people who have, or will have, ATW budgets capped

Posted on September 19, 2017

To see this information in BSL, please go to: http://www.deafatw.com/updates

Do you get Access to Work?

Has your budget been capped? Or will your budget be capped in April 2018?

Then if you live in England, Scotland or Wales, this survey is for you: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/ATW_CAP

The survey is in BSL and English.  If you want to answer in BSL, contact darrenth@gmail.com.

Hurry though, the survey closes this Friday, 22nd September 2017.

Why do this survey?

DeafATW is working with UKCoD to campaign about the cap to ATW. We think that it will cause many problems for Deaf people,

This survey will give us evidence about your experience, what the impact has been on you and your work, and what changes you have made.

This evidence will help us campaign better.

We have had a good response so far, but there are very few responses from people working in the creative industries, NHS, Higher Education and universities (including research) and from people who are self-employed.

Also most responses come from London, South East and East of England, not many from other parts of the UK.

So we would really like more people who work in those areas to do this survey. If you know anybody that should do this survey, please send them the survey link.

I’m not sure if I have been capped, or will be capped?

New ATW awards have been capped since 1st October 2015.  The cap means that there is a maximum budget that ATW will give you, even if you need a larger budget to pay for your communication support.

The cap is worked out by using the national average salary (published by the Office for National Statistics in October each year), which usually changes every year.

The cap to ATW awards / budgets is currently one and a half times the national average salary.

What cap you have to your award will depend on what year you applied for ATW, or what year your ATW was reviewed.

If your ATW award started or was reviewed between: The annual cap (limit) for the ATW budget is:
1st October 2015 to 31st March 2016 £40,800
1st April 2016 to 31st March 2017 £41,400
1st April 2017 to 31st March 2018 £42,100
If you had an ATW award before the cap started on 1st October 2015, then it will not be capped until 1st April 2018.

On your award letter, it is not always clear what you budget is for each year. Sometimes they only tell you the amount for the whole of your award for three years.

If you are still not sure, contact me (darrenth@gmail.com).

To see this information in BSL, please go to: http://www.deafatw.com/updates

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