Westminster Weekly (13 February - 17 February 2017)

Friday 17-02-2017 - 14:23

Your weekly round-up of NUS' work in parliament.

Westminster this week:

Both houses of Parliament are currently in recess, and will return next week.

Student finance changes
Regulations were published last week which will, among other student finance changes, remove the nursing bursary and replace it with loans. They also set the various fee limits for providers that ‘meet expectations’ as part of the TEF. You can read the regulations here.

Written question: UK students in EU
Seema Malhotra, MP for Feltham and Heston, tabled a written parliamentary question regarding the number of UK students studying in the EU, which was answered this week. You can read the question here.

Speech: prisons and social justice
Justice Secretary Liz Truss made a speech this week on prisons and social justice. She spoke about the role of prisons in reforming and rehabilitating offenders. She spoke about the role of education and skills, and giving prisoners access to opportunities to ‘get a job on the outside’. She announced that, by the end of the month, a Prison and Courts Bill will be published, which will put a number of prisons reforms into legislation.

Education Committee report: grammar schools
The Education Committee published the report of their inquiry on grammar schools on Monday. The ‘evidence check’ report calls on the Government to publish a thorough assessment of the impact of introducing new grammar schools on the wider school system. You can read the report here.

NUS in Parliament:

Both Houses of Parliament have been in recess this week. Private correspondence has continued with MPs and peers regarding activity in the coming weeks.

What’s coming up?

  • The European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill will have its first debates in the House of Lords next week.
  • The Technical and Further Education Bill will also be debated in the Lords in Committee stage.
  • The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Students will meet on Tuesday to discuss the impact of Brexit on students.
  • The Education Committee will hold a session questioning the proposed Chair for the Office for Students on Tuesday 21 February.
  • The Higher Education and Research Bill will enter Report stage in the House of Lords on the Monday 6 March.




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