HC Deb 15 March 1995 vol 256 cc619-20W
Mr. Galbraith

To ask the Secretary of State for Education what plans she has to ensure that students grants meet the minimum social security income support threshold; and if she will make a statement.

Mr. Boswell

The resources available through the grant and loan are adequate for most students. The total resources available in grant and loan are now almost 50 per cent. higher in cash terms and 19 per cent. higher in real terms than in 1989–90. before loans were introduced. Resources will be increased by a further 2.5 per cent. for the 1995–96 academic year.

Income support and housing benefit continue to he available to students in certain groups. The access funds, which will once again be increased for 1995–96, can provide additional assistance to full-time students in particular need.

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