We’re currently working on the urgent, immediate issues facing students and students’ unions. We’re ensuring members are represented on overall sector coordination groups responding to the crisis, particularly those being coordinated by Universities UK including the working group on financial sustainability. This is exploring the longer term impacts of the crisis on the education sector, and as a result the movement. We will keep members informed of how this work continues, through our usual channels.
In addition to this, we’ve created tools to enable students’ unions to write to their MPs to ask that they are financially protected throughout the crisis. We can also use this as an opportunity to resolve the ongoing VAT issues that some unions are facing following a shift in interpretation of HMRC guidelines. As such there are two versions of the letter you can adapt and send to your MP:
You can also see the letter NUS has written to Financial Secretary to the Treasury, The Rt Hon Jesse Norman MP, asking for urgent action on these issues, here.