Last updated: 28th June, 2014.
Westminster Hall Debate: Changes to Disabled Students’ Allowances
The National Union of Students and other organisations are calling upon all people to lobby their MPs to attend the forthcoming debate on DSAs, scheduled for Wednesday 2nd July, 2.30pm-4.00pm. The NUS have created a a template letter which you can use to contact your MP and urge them to attend. They also recommend using the #degreesofdiscrimination hashtag on twitter and tweeting at your MPs too.
Early Day Motion 48: Changes to Disabled Students’ Allowances
David Blunkett MP has tabled an Early Day Motion in support of Disabled Students’ Allowances. An early day motion is submitted to the House of Commons for debate. This is currently supported by 86 MPs (18/06/2014). To get your MP to support this EDM 48, write to them using the lobbying tools below.
Petition to UK government to stop cuts to DSAs. As this petition has received more than 10,000 signatories, the Government has issued a response. 100,000 signatures will ensure the issues is debated in parliament. Petition closes 11 April 2015.
Lobbying Tools and Resources
The Student Assembly provide a step by step online tool that allows you to search for your MP and send them a standard email (that can be customised) lobbying you MP to sign EDM 48 and protect DSAs (currently, 95 signatories [28th June 2014]).
The NUS provide a Policy Briefing, Campaign Ideas, How to Lobby briefing, as short briefing on Meeting your MP as well as a Media and PR toolkit. The NUS pages also include resources for action through social media.
NUS Student survey: Feedback on your Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSA) Support