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Special Educational Needs: Finance

Education written question – answered on 12th May 2011.

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Photo of Nicholas Dakin Nicholas Dakin Labour, Scunthorpe

To ask the Secretary of State for Education what constitutes a severe disability for the purposes of assessing the award of a 16-19 bursary; and whether colleges will be expected to verify receipt of disability living allowance in determining an award.

Photo of Nick Gibb Nick Gibb Minister of State (Education)

Disabled young people who are in receipt of income support will be eligible to receive a guaranteed bursary of £1,200. Other disabled young people will be able to apply for a bursary from their school or college. We are consulting on the details of the new arrangements and will work with the Association of Colleges and Sixth Form Colleges Forum and others to consider how schools, colleges and training providers might identify those students who would benefit from support under the proposed arrangements.

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