BIS Release DSAs Equality Analysis

The Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) has published their long awaited DSAs Equality Analysis: ‘Disabled Students’ Allowances: Equality Analysis’ [opens PDF]. An equality impact assessment is mandated by law to ensure that public bodies give due regard to equality issues in decision making. This is an extensive 80 page document. BIS have also released an […]

Breaking: Government suspend changes to DSAs until 2016

Today, Greg Clark MP, the universities and science minister, made a written ministerial statement on DSAs [PDF] stating that changes will now be suspended until 2016-17. Clark states: During the Summer I and the Minister of State for Disabled People have listened carefully to suggestions from representatives of disabled students. I have also listened to […]

Disabled Student’s Allowances Update: July Digest

With the Summer break, there has been a hiatus in posts here at the DSAs Observatory. In early July we posted on BIS policy updates to DSAs: (10 July 2014) and the 2nd July parliamentary debate on Disabled Student’s Allowances: transcript. However, there have been some key developments relating to cuts and changes to DSAs over the course […]

BIS policy updates to DSAs: 10 July 2014

Today (Thursday 10th July 2014) the BIS Stakeholder Team released the following update on DSAs for 2015/16 entry. As the document cannot be sourced online, the update is quoted here in full below, from a circulated Word document. To receive updates on changes to DSAs directly from BIS, contact disabledstudentsallowances@bis.gsi.gov.uk Policy updates to DSA for 2015/16 […]

BIS publish update on DSA changes: 25 June 2014

On the 25th June, the Department for Business Innovation and Skills published an update supplying some clarifications and detail on proposed cuts to Disabled Students’ Allowances. This follows consultation within higher and further education sectors, and disability, student and professional organisations. At present, we do not have a full reference for this statement. We will add this […]

Westminister Hall debate on DSAs, 2nd July

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 […]

BIS Consultation on DSA reforms 8th May 2014

Patoss, the Professional Association of Teachers of Students with Specific Learning Difficulties, has published informal notes from their meeting with BIS and others representing SpLD support organisations on 8th May 2014. Patoss along with other colleagues from SpLD and student support organisations met with BIS on 8 May to explore the government department’s position and […]

House of Lords : Outstanding DSAs Questions receive Written Answer

On the 4th June, Lord Addington (a Lib Dem peer, who is Vice President of the British Dyslexia Association) made four detailed questions on Disabled Students’ Allowances to BIS (the Government department responsible for setting DSAs in England). Yesterday (18th June 2014) the Government supplied the following Written Answers.  Disabled Students’ Allowances Questions Asked by Lord Addington: To ask Her Majesty’s […]

Commons Library Standard Note: Changes to the Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA)

On the 12 June 2014, the House of Commons Library issued a ‘Standard Note’ on changes to DSAs. This briefing document supplies an overview of ‘areas of concern and includes debate and comment on the proposals’ with a view to informing Members of Parliament in support of their parliamentary duties. Parliamentary Questions The Standard Note also reports parliamentary debate […]