AtW have been asking for the NI numbers of the interpreters Deaf AtW users people book. They explain that this is for “internal audit purposes”.
However, the Data Protection Act limits the scope of information that can be collected from individuals to that which is proportionate and necessary.
It won't be clear in terms of NI records whether any particular invoice has been paid to any particular interpreter, and those who work under the framework of their own limited company will have different arrangements.
So DeafATW can’t see how collecting this information and handling is proportionate and necessary. If it isn’t necessary it could put you in breach of the Data Protection Act.
If you are asked to supply NI numbers, and other similar data about the interpreters you use, it may be worth explaining this to the AtW Adviser, and asking them to advise you on this issue.
Please let Deaf AtW know how they respond.