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 […]

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 […]

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.”

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 […]

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 […]