They Work for You have published an article ‘Disabled Students’ Allowance. — Question for Short Debate – in the House of Lords at 7:49 pm on 2nd November 2015‘
This details the debate on DSAs, tabled by Lord Addington, complete with hansard references. ‘They Work For You’ also offer an alert function, so you can be notified directly of any debates on DSAs or any other area.
During the debate, Baroness Evans gives the following update on the recent consultation and BIS progress that will be of particular interest to some readers:
The consultation has now closed. I again reassure the noble Baroness, Lady Thomas, that we are indeed taking it seriously. We have received just over 200 responses from a wide range of stakeholders, including students, members of the public, higher education institutions, disability charities and DSA assessors and providers. This wide range of responses has provided a great deal of information for consideration, which is currently being analysed by the department, as is the additional evidence received which will inform the ongoing equality analysis. I confirm that the department is indeed talking to the Office for Disability Issues. We are already in discussion about the consultation. I am certainly happy to commit that the other organisations the noble Baroness mentioned will obviously also be involved.
Officials are looking at introducing a benchmark for inclusivity and providing better information to students about their institution’s provision for disabled students. It would be wrong of me to pre-empt the outcome of the consultation, which has yet to be considered in full by Ministers. However, I can tell noble Lords that the Government expect to publish a response to the consultation before the end of the year, with the implementation of any changes taking place from 2016.