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David Willetts, Universities Minister, announced in a written statement to Parliament on 7th April that the Government was taking “measures to modernise the Disabled Students’ Allowances”.

What does it mean?

This is a highly specific use of the word “modernise”, ie it translates as “cut.” These allowances (DSAs) currently cost Government around £125m per year. This is up from £91.7m in 2008. Willetts didn’t state a new target figure but the overall thrust of the commitment is to “rebalance responsibilities between government funding and institutional support”.

So Government will spend less and students should petition…

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