Wednesday 07-10-2015 - 17:42
Today I am announcing the next stage of legal action against the government over plans to scrap maintenance grants.
The business secretary Sajid Javid has failed to fully meet the requests of NUS to provide adequate information or documents on the impact assessment the government claims it has carried out.
Therefore, NUS has just issued judicial review proceedings in the High Court challenging the decision to abolish grants.
I am extremely disappointed that our concerns about access to education have not been taken seriously by the government. We have no choice but to push forward on calling for a judicial review to ensure the most vulnerable students are not priced out of higher education, because if the plans go ahead, access to higher education will be irrevocably compromised.
Last month, I instructed lawyers to issue a judicial review pre-action letter to the government, demanding that the equality implications are properly considered before any further steps are taken to change the law.
The abolition of maintenance grants, along with other welfare cuts, will mean students from low socio-economic backgrounds will be hit the hardest.
We know that Women students and Black students are likely to be the most affected.
The government needs to sit up and start listening to what the students of this country are telling them – that this will damage our education system and the potential of future generations.
Last month, thousands of you across the country lobbied their MPs as part of the #CutTheCosts campaign to show we will not let the government scrap our grants without a fight.