Monday 21-09-2015 - 15:51
On Friday 18 September, NUS and over 60 students' unions across the UK took part in a national constituency-based lobby of MPs to fight the government’s plans to scrap maintenance grants.
In July this year, the government announced its plans to scrap the maintenance grants, which currently support half a million students within higher education.
In the lead up to, during and following the lobby last Friday, students across the UK have been arranging meetings with their local MPs to discuss these planned cuts and to ask their MPs to oppose the measures being proposed.
Megan Dunn, NUS President said: ‘Congratulations and a huge thank you to everyone who took part in Friday’s lobby of MPs on the planned cuts to maintenance grants. I was blown away by the incredible work that SUs did on the day. Together we can fight and defeat these ill thought out, ideological cuts.’
What happens next?
The government is yet to ‘lay the regulations’, which starts the formal parliamentary process for scrapping maintenance grants. As soon as they do this, NUS will be able to call on MPs to force a debate on the issue and to vote against the proposal when it is debated.
If you are yet to meet with your local MP or MPs, it’s crucial you do so as soon as possible. You can contact your MP to arrange a meeting or tweet them directly via our website today!
The more MPs that speak out publicly on the issue and raise the cuts with ministers in the coming weeks, the greater the pressure on the government will be.
We’ll be announcing the next stage of the campaign and how you can get involved very soon. In the meantime if you met with your MP on Friday or before, please let us know how it went by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here’s a snapshot of what some of you got up to around the lobby day…
Keep up to date with the campaign on social by following the #CutTheCosts and #GrantsNotDebt hashtags.