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Tories slash funding for disabled university students

Conservative minister confirmed that the government will proceed with plans to cut funding for disabled students in higher education, leaving universities with no choice but to pick up the bill.

On Thursday, Minister for Universities and Science Jo Johnson said institutions of higher education should expect to take“primary responsibility” for many areas of support.

Currently, disabled students rely on the Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) to pay for support workers and specialist equipment.

However, from next year, universities will be responsible for paying non-medical support staff, including note takers and readers.

They will also be forced to reduce the prices of specialist accommodation and cover the cost of computer equipment for disabled students.