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.
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.
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