Government U-turn on disabled grants

May 7, 1999

The government has restored full access to disabled student allowances for the over 50s after an earlier decision to limit eligibility angered disability groups. Education minister Baroness Blackstone has confirmed that DSAs would be available to all full-time disabled undergraduates of any age. DSAs provide up to Pounds 10,250 a year for a non-medical personal carer, Pounds 4,055 for specialist equipment, Pounds 1,350 for other costs and help with travel. At the beginning of the year the government axed DSAs for the over 55s and limited access for 50 to 54-year-olds.

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