DSA supplier won't provider equipment/software unless I buy laptop off themWatch
I don't want to buy their overpriced laptop because DSA only covers £100 of the cost anyway and you are allowed to buy the laptop from wherever you want and DSA will only pay the same £100 regardless of where I buy it from. An upgraded DSA laptop costs more than double the laptop with the same specs from a different supplier.
Now the DSA supplier is saying that unless I buy a laptop off them they won't provide the other hardware or software I was awarded - I don't understand this because as far as I know i'm not under any obligation to buy the laptop off them to begin with so why can they refuse to just provide me with the other hardware and software I was awarded?
You should have your DSA adviser's email or number (mine used to contact me quite frequently to make sure I was getting my equipment etc). So send them an email and tell them you're happy to use your own laptop (I'm assuming you already have your own laptop) and don't have the means to purchase the upgrade that they're offering. They might send you back for another assessment, because it means they'll have to recommend new software that is compatible with your current laptop.
It's not really the supplier's fault as they've just been advised to give you the software and equipment on the list. Contact your DSA adviser and explain that you don't want to purchase an upgrade but would still like access to that software. Also send them details of your current laptop (model, processor etc).