The Welsh Government has been accused of breaking its pledge to support students after scrapping a £2m grant designed to help those who experience financial problems while at -University
The National Union of Students (NUS) in Wales said a surprise decision to withdraw the Financial Contingency Fund (FCF) was compounded by the fact it had been taken so close to the start of term next month
It also seems to have made when the assembly is in recess thus preventing opposition AMs from questioning the Minster
“The decision to announce this just weeks before the start of the academic term will not only leave many students who rely on this funding deeply concerned about their finances but universities with no time to find alternative ways to fill this black hole. For many students this funding is vital in supporting them to stay in education.”As the Mule points out .this is aimed at students in Higher education
“Welsh Labour claims that it wants to widen access to HE for disadvantaged students but this decision does exactly the opposite.“To pull this funding now, with just three weeks to go until the start of the new academic year, leaves both students and universities in the lurch at this crucial time.”Somewhat hypocritical from a Lib Dem but accurate
“The continuing squeeze on budgets imposed by the UK Government has meant ministers having to take some difficult decisions across HE and FE budgets for academic year 2014-15.“We fully recognise that the delayed announcement of the cuts to FCF may cause difficulties for the HE sector but we’re pleased to be able to continue to support FCF in the FE sector.“HE institutions’ income has increased substantially through the increased fees charged to home students and recruitment of more international students... ministers consider that HE institutions are now able to use their own discretionary funds to aid their own students who face financial hardship.”
“it is likely that further saving will have to be made in 2015-16”.