Jenny Chapman MP has spoken out today about the government's proposed 'modernisation' of the Disabled Students Allowance (DSA), calling for equal access for disabled students here in Darlington.
Currently there are 2880 students in the North East received DSA, and the National Union of Students has warned that their support is at risk after the government announced a so-called 'modernisation' of the crucial benefit.
Speaking about the issue, Jenny said: "The government's plans for DSA risk reducing the quality of support for disabled students and leave vast swathes of inefficiency in the system.
"Providing equal access to our education system is about giving people every opportunity to realise their potential. The government should to students and think again."
In Parliament, Jenny has vowed to support the efforts of Liam Byrne MP, Kate Green MP and David Blunkett MP who are working to ensure that disabled students are disproportionately affected by BIS cuts.
She will also be signing EDM 48 - Changes to Disabled Students' Allowances, which was brought forward by David Blunkett MP and calls on the government to provide equal access to higher education.