Tuesday 08-12-2015 - 13:15
On Tuesday students from across the UK met with their MPs in parliament. Together they called for politicians to take action to #CutTheCosts they face and tackle the growing crisis of student debt.
The lobby came after the government took the next step in their plans to scrap university maintenance grants in England and as a direct result of the action a Motion has now been tabled to stop the scrapping of grants.
Hundreds of students and students’ unions arrived at parliament this morning to talk to their MPs. They urged them to ‘pray against’ the government’s plans to cut grants, and to confront the crisis of student debt and the impact it is having on the education system and society. Now we need as many MPs as possible to sign the motion.
The lobby was followed by a Q&A session, where students had an opportunity to hear from our speakers, including; NUS National President Megan Dunn, as well as high profile MPs such as: Luciana Berger MP, Paul Blomfield MP, Gloria De Piero MP, Angela Eagle MP, Caroline Lucas MP, John McDonnell MP, John Pugh MP, Wes Streeting MP, Hywel Williams MP, Iain Wright MP and Chair of BMA Medical Students Finance Committee Tom Rock.
What happens next?
If you weren’t able to participate in today’s campaigning – there’s still a number of ways in which your SU can join the fight to #CutTheCosts. We’ve produced a handy campaign briefing which details what you can do post-lobby which is available here.
Other methods include;
Asking your MP to sign the motion
Tweeting your support using the #CutTheCosts hashtag
‘Ageing Yourself’ and sharing a photo on social media to demonstrate how long it will take you to pay off your student debt
On Wednesday and Thursday this week, students will write to their MPs and taking public action.
If you haven’t already, join the fight by emailing your MP today and asking them to support the campaign in parliamentFriday is ‘Parents and Family Day’, during which students will be looking to get their families involved in the campaign.
Here’s a snapshot of the action from social media:
Catch up on the action from today and join the conversation on Twitter using the #CutTheCosts hashtag.