Kate Green MP puts DSA Questions to Government

Kate Green MP (Lab: Shadow Minister for Disabilities) has today put a series of questions to the Government on Disabled Student’s Allowances. The questions are available online as ‘Questions for Oral of Written Answer beginning on Wednesday 29th October 2014 (the ‘Questions Book’)’. Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on Wednesday 29th October 2014 [opens PDF]  […]

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 […]

NUS Manifesto pledge to protect DSAs

On Monday 6th October, the National Union of Students launched their manifesto for the 2015 general election. The ‘New Deal for the Next Generation’ manifesto includes a pledge to preserve Disabled Students’ Allowances as one of their 10 education priorities: We want government to protect and improve the Disabled Students Allowance The manifesto as a whole […]

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 […]

2nd July parliamentary debate on Disabled Student’s Allowances: transcript

The transcripts from Wednesday’s Westminster Hall debate (pictured) on cuts to Disabled Student’s Allowances are now available on the House of Commons website. The transcripts run across two separate webpages. The first part is available on the House of Commons hansard column 267WH-277WH: Transcript of Westminster debate on DSAs, part 1. The second part is available between column 277WH-295WH: Transcript of […]

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 […]