CUSU is relieved to hear of the postponement of the cuts to the Disabled Students Allowance, following a campaign from students across the country against the change. The proposed cuts would have been very damaging to both student welfare and access to Higher Education for students with disabilities. Having campaigned vocally against these cuts and attended the parliamentary debate with our local MP, we welcome the change and congratulate those students who were involved in the campaigning process. We hope that the significant delay in the proposal will allow for adequate consultation with students to ensure that any changes no longer put students’ ability to study at risk, and maintain universities as a place where all students are given a fair chance at completing their degrees, regardless of whether students suffer from disability.
A simple postponement is not enough and CUSU will be continuing to campaign with students throughout coming academic year against the marginalisation of students with disabilities. We encourage students interested in this issue in particular or in disability and mental health issues in Cambridge more generally to contact the students’ union and get involved.