V1257 - Maintenance Grant Bill 2017 Watch

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V1257 - Maintenance Grant Bill 2017, TSR Green Party


A BILL TO



Reintroduce maintenance grants for UK students



BE IT ENACTED by the Queen’s most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:—

1: Definitions

(1) For the purposes of this bill, maintenance grants are a sum of money given by the Government to students, to help with living costs.

2: Reintroduction of Maintenance Grants

(1) All UK university students shall be given maintenance grants by the Government which they will receive at the start of every term.

(2) Students will receive a maintenance grant of up to £10,200, depending on their household income and the geographical location of their university.
(2.1) The Department for Education shall decide what amount grant to give to students.
(2.2) The top rate of maintenance grant shall increase in line with CPI inflation.

(3) Students undertaking courses that are longer than 30 weeks in length may be entitled to an additional maintenace grant.

(4) Students may be entitled to an extra maintenance grant if they fall into one of the groups below:
a) Single parents with a child under 20
b) A married couple both in education with a child under 20
c) Have a disability
d) Qualify for housing benefit
e) Have been incapable of working for 28 weeks
f) Have been certified as being ill or had a caring responsibility

3: Extent, Commencement and Short Title

(1) This Act extends to all of the United Kingdom.

(2) The provisions of this Act come into force on 1st September 2018.

(3) This shall be cited as the Maintenance Grant Bill 2017.

Notes

Going to university has become increasingly essential for young people in the UK who wish to have well-paid jobs. However, the astronomical financial costs associated with it (both tuition fees and living costs) have meant that some of the poorer students are simply unable to go. We believe that ending tuition fees would not be economically viable or practical and instead, maintenance grants should be brought back. In the past, maintenance grants have played a pivotal role in supporting deprived students, in particular with their living costs. However, the average student now has to spend an average of just over £12,000 on living costs alone. Combined with tuition fees of £9,250, sadly the cost of going to university for some young people has become simply unaffordable.

The cost of reintroducing maintenance grants will be approximately £3.5bn per annum.Source
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Like the principle, not 100% on the details. Abstain.
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Sloppy execution though I agree with the principle. Does this include international students? Or British students studying abroad?
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Or we could spend the money on boosting apprenticeships even more?

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Nay.

Again. The debates are so you can take feedback. The Green Party is taking a lot of good ideas and producing **** with them at the moment.
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I really like this idea but this is not detailed enough.
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One Nay was removed due to a double vote in seat 42.

Order!
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The Noes to the left, 17.
Abstentions, 16.

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