Innovation, Universities and Skills written question – answered on 27th March 2008.

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Photo of Andrew MacKay Andrew MacKay Senior Parliamentary & Political Advisor To David Cameron

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, if he will take steps to improve access to bursaries for students from lower-income families.

Photo of Bill Rammell Bill Rammell Minister of State (Lifelong Learning, Further and Higher Education), Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills

This Government have put in place the most generous financial support package ever. At least 70,000 students from a lower-income background have received bursaries.

But we can and must do more. We have made improvements to the Student Finance Form to make it easier for students to consent to share financial information to be assessed for bursaries. We are also working with OFFA—the Office for Fair Access—and the sector on sharing good practice on encouraging bursary take-up.

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