I raised the Disabled Students’ Allowance at Business Questions on 19 April 2018.
With changes to DSA, a £200 up-front fee was applied across the board and not means-tested, which has resulted in a nearly 30% reduction in the number of students taking up vital equipment that could help them to work independently. Some 20% of students at the Royal Agricultural University are in receipt of DSA. We need their skills, so we need them to qualify, particularly because, as we are leaving the EU.
I called for a debate so that the Government can look again at removing the £200 up-front fee.
You can read the response I received from the Minister here
The Minister said that the Government does not have any plans to review the need for this contribution. It is unacceptable that people have to pay £200 up front when many can’t afford to.