First round up of responses to cuts to DSAs

Buried beneath the Syria vote and launched into a higher education sector distracted by government Green Papers outlining the biggest restructuring for Higher Education since 1993, cuts to DSAs have received coverage – but digested analysis of the BIS consultation response is currently slow. Here are the responses we’ve seen so far…. Sector responses: Disability […]

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 […]

Jo Johnson: Statement on Disabled Students Allowances

Today Joseph Johnson (Minister of State for Universities and Science) made a written statement on Disabled Students Allowances. He describes this as the response to the recent consultation on targetting DSAs. It reads as follows.  “Today I am announcing the Government response to a consultation on better targeting of Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSAs), which are available […]

Consultation on Disabled Students Allowances (DSAs)

BIS have announced a consultation on DSAs – the timing (over the academic summer break) is bad for the universities. Full details follow… “This email is to notify you that we have today (1st July 2015) launched a consultation on Disabled Students Allowances (DSAs). The Government remains committed to the principle of ensuring disabled students […]

DSA Land: Crumbling cuts schedule announced by BIS

Amanda Kent’s DSA Land blog offers a stinging indictment of the current cuts schedule offered by BIS: Bearing in mind a judicial review has been granted to two disabled students, the phrase “the Government would prefer to move forward in a consensual manner (as far as is reasonably possible) rather than through litigation” leaps off […]

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 […]

Consultation on DSAs draft guidance is extended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.    

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.

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]  […]