Disabled Students' Allowances

Department for Education written question – answered on 21st February 2019.

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Photo of Paul Blomfield Paul Blomfield Shadow Minister (Exiting the European Union)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 6 November 2018 to Question 184973 on Disabled Students' Allowances, whether the research project on the impact of disabled students' allowances on eligible students has been completed; and when he plans to publish that research.

Photo of Chris Skidmore Chris Skidmore Vice-Chair, Conservative Party, Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) (Universities and Science) (Joint with the Department for Education)

The research project has been completed and its report was published on 17 January 2019. The report is available at the link below:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/evaluation-of-disabled-students-allowances-dsas.

In an article on 17 January, I called on universities to do more to show disabled students that going to university can be an option for them, and to put disabled students front and centre in their planning to accommodate their needs. A link to the article can be found here:

https://www.theguardian.com/education/2019/jan/17/universities-can-do-more-to-support-their-disabled-students.

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