So this is going to be a quick blogpost today as I want to get out as many ways of fighting against the recent conservative decision as possible. As said in this Observer article – using secondary legislation, the government have decided to completely abolish maintenance grants for poor university students. This means they have decided this quietly, completely avoiding discussion in the Commons and the Lords. Completely avoiding a vote and allowing the public who will be affected by this to voice their opinion. What a scummy government.
The maintenance grants is set in place to help half a million students pay for university life. It basically allows poor students to go and get the education they dream of and now our government is basically slamming the door in the face of these ambitious students without even a proper debate. The government have used their power in a cryptic move that renders them even more untrustworthy. They did this ‘move’ hoping nobody would notice. But the people always notice and people are angry.
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So, action must be taken, and the more people fight against this choice – the better. Here are some ways that could help this fight in the long run:
- First of all, follow NUS_UK on twitter, the National Union of Students care very much about this matter and have taken to tweeting about it miraculously today. Retweet their arguments and get them out there to your twitter followers. Social media is a great start to spreading any information.
- The NUS website has a great page up at the moment that guides you through contacting your local MP and asking them to debate against scrapping the grants. You can phone, email or even tweet your MP.
- Sign this petition: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/109649 The more signatures, the better.
- If you’re around London this Tuesday and have spare time you could always join this emergency protest in Parliament Square. Obviously it is very short notice and people have busy lives to get on with. (Gross how the government decided to do this during exam period). So if you can’t attend, do not worry!
Do not let the government get away with such a cowardly, devious move! Share this post and the petition above and fight for the #grantsnotloans movement. Everyone deserves an education.
Thanks for reading,