Million+ Parliamentary Briefing on DSA

In addition to the House of Lords debate and ECU reports, the Million+ Think Tank released a parliamentary briefing on DSAs earlier this month. 3 November 2015 million+ Parliamentary Briefing – changes to Disabled Students Allowance Lord Addington secured a Question for Short Debate on 2 November to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to […]




Equality Challenge Unit – new statistics on DSAs

On Friday 6th November, the Equality Challenge Unit released two new reports (one staff focused, one student focused). The Equality in Higher Education statistical report 2015 offers new evidence that supports previous research reporting the effectiveness of DSAs. Using data from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) the ECU’s reports ‘aim to focus attention on areas where […]




Urgent Call for Action: Legal Challenge to Changes on DSAs

Inclusion London report an urgent call for public action to challenges changes to Disabled Students’ Allowances. They report a possible legal challenge to DSAs stemming from work undertaken by the Alliance for Inclusive Education (ALLFIE). The Alliance are requesting student (and prospective student) views on changes to DSAs, they also supply templates for letters to MPs for all other […]




Student Loans Company issues information on changes to DSAs

Today the Student Loan Company released further information on ‘Proposed changes to Disabled Students’ Allowances  in England for the 2015 – 2016 academic year, and 2016 – 2017 academic year‘. This includes specific details around issues such as funding towards computers, printers, consumables and so forth. The information is given alongside references back to the 2015/16 […]




Written Answers to Parliamentary Questions on DSAs: 30th Oct 2014

On the 30th October, Universities Minister Greg Clark responded to a growing set of parliamentary questions put to the Government on a range of issues relating to Disabled Students Allowances. Links to source material are numbered for accessibility purposes only. 1. Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Students: Disability (30 Oct 2014) Barry Sheerman: […]




House of Commons Library Briefing on DSAs Updated

The House of Commons Library has released an updated briefing ‘Changes to Disabled Students Allowances’ [PDF] dated 14th October 2014. This document updates and extends the first HoC briefing on DSAs, released in early Summer, however readers should note that content refers only to developments prior to 12th September 2014.




DSA in Scotland: Settling at its new level?

Adventures in Evidence have released some new analysis on statistics released on DSA in Scotland entitled: ‘DSA in Scotland: Settling at its new level?‘ . In her analysis, author Lucy Hunter observes: In the absence of any announced change to policy, it remains unclear what has caused the sudden – and now sustained – reduction […]




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]  […]




HEFCE respond to statement on changes to DSAs

The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) have issued a response to today’s written ministerial statement announcing the deferral of DSA cuts until 2016. This refers to ongoing research relating to disabled students, and funding for disabled students in HE. The following key points are covered: In February 2014, BIS asked HEFCE to review […]




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 […]