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Statement on the budget & immigration changes

The Students’ Union’s Full-time and Part-time Elected Officers oppose the brutal attack on young people and students that came in the government's recent budget.

We believe education is a right, not a privilege, and that a University education should be free. This is a view shared by students at Sussex for decades.

Specifically we oppose increases in tuition fees and the scrapping of student maintenance grants which will further disadvantage lower income and vulnerable students.

Maintenance grants are given to students from lower income households to help with their living costs. The maximum grant is £3,387 per year for students whose household income is less than £25k. The National Union of Students understand that currently, approximately 500,000 students rely on maintenance grants  The government proposals would stop all grants from September 2016, forcing students from low income backgrounds, to take on further debt to fund their studies.

We also believe that the removal of housing benefit for people aged under 21 will adversely affect students already graduating with a large amount of debt.

We also oppose recent immigration changes for international students.

We believe these changes will make it harder for international students to study in the UK. 

All students benefit from international students studying here and these changes play into unfounded anti-immigration fears.

What we’re doing

  • Union officers will be meeting local MPs to discuss the issue and lobby for their support.
  • We will be asking the University to release a statement in support of international students and the valuable contribution they make.
  • We’ll be advertising other opportunities to oppose these moves

What you can do

- The Students’ Union’s Full-time and Part-time Elected Officers

 

Contact us

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