Cabinet Office advice around ‘Additionality’.
Please see below a response we received from Stu Edwards (DWP) regarding the issue of additionality. He has explained that this is only an interim measure that is currently being worked on. We would like to thank Stu Edwards for his work on this.
Thank you for raising the issue around “additional costs” which you brought to me earlier this month. I asked for some time to look into this and I said I would send you an update as soon as possible.
In the short term Access to Work will roll over existing awards that come up for renewal where the scenario presented (ie a Deaf person being disadvantaged versus a hearing person, because a hearing person could also potentially sign and thus not need an equal and opposite interpreting intervention) has been refused under the “additional costs” principle.
While we do this we will also identify cases who have been similarly affected and applied for reconsiderations to date, to determine whether this also applies in their cases. This may take a couple more weeks.
Finally while we do this, we will also look at the guidance and see how this principle could be better reflected to aide advisers in interpreting the policy intent.