A fraud investigation has left students estranged from their families in extreme poverty. We need an understanding system
For many of us, the idea of not having a family to depend on is unimaginable.
But for some young adults studying at university, this is their everyday reality. The struggles they face go beyond lacking support and unconditional love – they can be penalised by the student loan system for their estrangement.
The size of the student loan given to young adults aged 18-24 is based on the household income of their biological or adoptive parents. Although it doesn’t make this explicit, the government expects parents to top up the loan. Yet there is no legal statute for young adults to claim the finance it is expected they should receive from family. This places them at the mercy of familial goodwill to provide it.Continue reading...
Zehntausende junge Menschen würden aus der Förderung herausfallen, kritisieren die Grünen. Opposition und Studentenwerk fordern eine radikale Reform des Programms.
Exclusive: Support workers say estranged students lost funding despite no finding of guilt of fraud
The Student Loans Company (SLC) has been accused of spying on the social media accounts of vulnerable students as part of an anti-fraud drive that resulted in some losing funding and dropping out of university despite no finding of guilt against them.
SLC made a random selection of 150 estranged students, part of a group recognised as vulnerable because they have no relationship with their parents and tend to be financially disadvantaged, and asked them to provide evidence that they no longer had contact with their families.Continue reading...
Watchdog criticised for ‘ludicrous’ downgrading of Little Ducklings in Brighton
A nursery in Brighton had its Ofsted rating downgraded after the watchdog found that staff did not know how to protect children from adopting extreme views and potentially being radicalised.
The decision provoked anger among parents and a local councillor who criticised it as “absolutely ludicrous” and called for the state to “let children be children”.Continue reading...
Ein kleines Rätsel zur Auflockerung des Büroalltags gefällig? Diesmal geht es um eine mathematische Besonderheit.