Changes to Disabled Students’ Allowances will be debated in the House of Commons in ‘Westminster Hall’ debate on Wednesday 2nd July from 2.30pm – 4.30pm.
Debates in Westminster Hall give more time for individual MPs to raise issues of importance to them with a series of Private Members’ adjournment debates. Many MPs have expressed their concern about cuts to DSAs through parliamentary questions and by signing Early Day Motion (EDM) 48 (which has 95 signatories at time of writing).
The National Union of Students and other organisations are calling upon all students and supporters to lobby their MPs to attend the debate:
Although there will not be a vote at this stage on the proposals, this is a really important opportunity for MPs to raise concerns and challenge the reforms – and for us to continue to build our campaign. A government minister (very likely David Willetts) will also be required to attend this debate and respond to the issues which are raised.
So having got this far, we now need to work to ensure that the debate is packed with MPs opposing the cut. To ensure there are as many MPs as possible taking part, do get in touch with your MP to ask them to attend and speak at the debate. We have created a template letter which you can use.
And keep using the #degreesofdiscrimination hashtag on twitter and tweeting at your MPs too!
If you want to attend the debate, there is no system of tickets or advanced booking. Places are limited and visitors are admitted on a first come, first served basis. More information and details are available on the Westminster Hall pages of the UK parliament website.