Higher Education: Disability

Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 11th June 2014.

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Photo of Robert Buckland Robert Buckland Conservative, South Swindon

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what funding is currently allocated to higher education institutions to assist them in fulfilling their responsibilities to disabled students under the Equality Act 2010.

Photo of David Willetts David Willetts Minister of State (Universities and Science)

In the academic year 2013-14 £15 million was allocated to higher education institutions through the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) grant, to help them recruit and support disabled students. This figure was an increase of £2 million on the previous year and has been maintained by HEFCE for 2014-15. This is in addition to the direct support provided to disabled students through the disabled students’ allowances (DSA). In England, £125.1 million was spent on providing DSA in 2011-12.

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