Today, the Minister of State for Universities and Science laid a Written Ministerial Statement (WMS) setting out reforms to Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSAs) following the recent consultation.
The Minister of State for Universities and Science announced the following changes which will apply to DSAs in England for Academic Year 2016/17
- DSAs will retain primary responsibility for funding Sighted Guides, for those students that need such support to enable them to get around campus effectively. HE providers will be expected to take primary responsibility for the remainder of the non-medical support roles that are classified as bands 1 or 2 in the Student Loans Company non-medical help (NMH) manual.
- DSAs will retain primary responsibility for funding the most specialist non-medical help support, that are set out in the SLC NMH manual under bands 3 and 4, with the exception of Specialist Transcription Services.
- DSAs will meet the additional costs of accommodation where that accommodation is not provided by the HE provider or its agent.
- Devices for printing and scanning will continue to be funded through DSAs.
- Standard computer peripherals and other accessories will now be funded by exception only.
The full Government response to the consultation and Written Ministerial Statement are available below