Under changes to the Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) announced in April, fewer students are likely to receive laptops for help with dyslexia, while the additional costs of specialist accommodation for disabled students will not be met by the grant, except in exceptional circumstances.
In a written ministerial statement in April, universities and science minister David Willetts said he wanted the "limited public funding available for DSAs... targeted in the best way and to achieve value for money".
The government will only pay "for higher specification or higher cost computers where a student needs one solely by virtue of their disability", Mr Willetts said.
The government is also "changing our approach to the funding of a number of computer equipment, software and consumable items through DSAs that have become funded as ‘standard’ to most students", he added.
The NUS has said it will hold a national lobby of MPs in their constituencies to raise the issue of cuts to grants received by about 55,000 students.
(Source: Times Education)
The standard of care delivered by home carers in Scotland has seen an overall improvement, says a new report.
The Care Inspectorate report looked at the results of three years of inspections of "home helps" and other homecare services.
It says 80% of these were found to be of a good standard, and an increasing proportion got top marks.
However, the body warned that the number of services judged to be performing badly has nearly doubled.
The report also found that the highest standard of care was more likely to be delivered by voluntary services, while those provided by the private sector were most likely to be poor, and to have complaints about them upheld.
Common problems included insufficient training for staff, poor care plans, erratic visiting times and under-staffing.
Some services did not ask for up-to-date references or carry out proper checks on applicants' backgrounds.
(Source: BBC News)
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