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#CutTheCosts Campaigning: University of Bath SU

Monday 01-02-2016 - 14:03

Bath SU lobbied their MP to try to convince him to vote to save maintenance grants.

Bath SU started off their activity for #CutTheCosts by meeting with their local MP Ben Howlett on the constituency lobby day on 18 September, alongside representatives from Bath Spa Students’ Union.

They were one of more than 60 students' unions who took part in the constituency lobby day.

They found it particularly interesting to hear about Howlett's personal university experience and how his maintenance grant had really helped him to access higher education.

Following on from this, they lobbied him to sign EDM 829 and pray against the regulations to scrap maintenance grants. Students were encouraged to get in contact with Howlett via email and social media to attend the Delegated Legislation Committee on 14 January, although unfortunately he decided not to do so.

The opposition day debate on maintenance grants, which the government tried to avoid by holding the legislation committee, narrowly failed to overturn the government's policy.

Thanks in large part to the campaigning efforts of students' unions like Bath, however, 292 MPs voted to try and save this vital support for the poorest students.

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