#DontCutMeOut Campaign

May 28, 2014

#DontCutMeOut

 

This April the Universities and Science Minister David Willetts announced huge cuts to the Disabled Students Allowance (DSA). The changes to DSA will jeopardize disabled students’ access and success in higher education. The loss of funding for specialist IT equipment and non-medical help, combined with a restrictive redefinition of disability, threaten to make University a non-viable option for many disabled students who already face important financial difficulties.

 

Hull University Union will be taking part in the National Campaign #DontCutMeOut along with NUS and Students’ Unions across the country to lobby MP’s to stop the cuts planned for the DSA. President Richard Brooks and VP Welfare and Community Brittany Tomlinson will be requesting a meeting with local MP’s on the 6th June to put forward your arguments!

 

In 2013, there were 215,370 disabled students in the UK, which represents 8.6% of all higher education students. However, only a minority (46%) of disabled students received DSA.

 

Any help and support would be much appreciated in making our voice heard for the hundreds of students studying with disabilities at Hull and all over the UK.

How you can help

 

Email your local MP

 

Email your concerns to the addresses below. if you're not sure what to say you can use our handy template at the bottom of the page. 

[email protected]

[email protected]

[email protected]

 

Tweet your MP

 


On 6th June 2014 at 12 noon, students across the country will be tweeting their MP’s to lobby them on the issue. Tweet your local MPs @DianaJohnsonMP, @KarlTurnerMP, @AlanJohnsonMP

Don’t forget to use the hash tag #DontCutMeOut and #DSADay

 

Tell us how it will affect you

 

If you are currently studying with a disability, we want to hear how the cuts will affect you, what the money and resources mean to you and how it has helped you academically. The more we know about the problems it will cause you, the stronger the argument when taking it to council.

Email your argument to [email protected] or [email protected]

Email Template 

Dear (insert name)

As you may be aware, the Disabled Students Allowance is under threats from cuts as recently announced by David Willetts MP.
Disabled Students Allowances (DSAs) are a non means tested form of financial help for UK domiciled disabled students. To receive DSA, students must prove that they have a disability or long term health condition, a mental health condition or a specific learning disability such as dyslexia.
 
In 2013, disabled students represented 8.6% of all higher education students, however only a minority (46%) actually received DSA.  
The funding from DSA is essentially to provide support for the extra costs of being a learner and disabled. DSA is absolutely vital to ensure disabled students’ access to higher education.
This is proven in data collected by National Audit Office in 2007 which concluded that ‘Students receiving an allowance are much more likely to continue their course than other students sell-declaring a disability’. A further ECU 2012 report showed that disabled students receiving DSA are more likely to reach a first or upper second class degree than those who don’t receive an allowance.
 
I hope you agree that these cuts will negatively affect disabled students in your constituency, are ill founded and regressive.
If so, could you please:
 
Write to the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, Vince Cable MP to raise your concerns on behalf on your constitutents
Ask a parliamentary question on issue of Disabled Students Allowance Cuts and the impact it will have
Sign up to the EDM on DSA Cuts
 
Thanks for your consideration 
 
(Your Name)
 
University of Hull Student