BIS update on DSAs

DSA Update email from Ruth Hannant and Polly Payne (BIS), 11th March 2015 “The Government is determined that anyone with the aspiration and ability can go onto higher education regardless of any disability It is important that as wide a consensus as possible is built on the role of Disabled Students’ Allowances.  The Government has […]

Legal Challenge on Disabled Students’ Allowances

Deaf news blog Limping Chicken reports on legal action on Disabled Students’ Allowances. A member of the National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS) Young People’s Advisory Board, has initiated legal action against the Government over proposed changes to DSAs. The article include details of NDCS activity and robust standpoint on resisting cuts to DSAs.  

Consultation on DSAs draft guidance is extended

On Jan 28th BIS announced that they have extended the deadline for DSA stakeholders to submit comments on 2015/16 Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) guidance until 20th February 2015, due to errors on the practitioners pages of the SLC website. More information on the consultation is available on the SLC’s BIS draft guidance webpages.    

Changes to DSAs: Impact on Welsh HEIs and Call for Evidence

The Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (hefcw) have issued a circular providing information on the proposed changes to DSAs for English students and some potential implications of these changes for Welsh higher education providers. Further reading: Changes to support for English-domicilied disabled students from 2015/16 and 2016/17 [PDF] The Welsh Government has also issued […]

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 […]

Scottish DSA Consultation: Results published

Results of the consultation on Disabled Students’ Allowance in Scotland: ‘DSA consultation individual response analysis‘ was published earlier today. The Executive Summary states: “Following the review, Ministers regard administrative arrangements for DSA as generally fit for purpose. Accordingly, there is no call for either a wholesale review of the purpose of DSA or the rationale for supporting such a scheme.”

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 […]