BIS Consultation on Targeting of DSAs: Full outcome

BIS have published their conclusions on the recent consultation on DSAs. Today they published 2 documents: Consultation on targeting funding for disabled students in higher education from 2016 to 2017 onwards – government response [opens PDF] Ref: BIS/15/657 Published: 2 December 2015, PDF, 243KB, 46 pages. Consultation on targeting funding for disabled students in higher education from […]




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 […]




FoI request made to SLC on changes to assessment of DSA eligibility

On June 29th, Amanda Kent issued a Freedom of Information (FoI) request to the Student Loans Company (SLC) entitled ‘SLC impact assessment on changes to DSA eligibility, and the current protocols and procedures for assessing DSA eligibility’. This FoI request calls for information on two areas: Equality Analysis (Impact Assessment) conducted by the SLC in relation to the […]




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 […]