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Internet News : 15/06/2014
e-petition 'Stop cuts to funding for disabled and dyslexic students' needs 100,000 signatures

This e-petition will be considered for debate by the Backbench Business Committee should it pass the 100, 000 signature threshold.

The e-petition 'Stop cuts to funding for disabled and dyslexic students' has reached 14,236 signatures and a response has been made to it. But it needs more signatures...

"As this e-petition has received more than 10 000 signatures, the relevant Government department have provided the following response: We note the concerns expressed in the e-petition. The aims of these reforms are not to reduce or limit the level of support available to disabled students, but rather to rebalance responsibility between the Government and higher education institutions which now face legal obligations under the Equality Act. The department for Business Innovation and Skills is working with a range of stakeholders including those from the Special Education Needs and Disability sector, in order to advise our policy and develop guidance. Meetings are ongoing to assist our efforts in quantifying what reasonable adjustments an Higher Education Institutions would be expected to make, and what Disabled Students' Allowance should support. This e-petition remains open to signatures and will be considered for debate by the Backbench Business Committee should it pass the 100 000 signature threshold

View the response to the e-petition: http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/63748
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