Keep The Grants!
We have a fight on our hands to stop the Tories from slashing vital student financial support. George Osborne announced in the summer budget that maintenance grants for students from low-income families will be scrapped from 2016.
Join our campaign to #KeepTheGrants!
This disgraceful move will prevent huge numbers of people from accessing education and burden hundreds of thousands of students with even more debt.
Here are the 4 ways you can get involved in the campaign:
1. Protest outside Tory Party Conference
The Student Assembly Against Austerity is joining the Trade Union Congress (TUC) and the People’s Assembly Against Austerity to organise a national week of protests outside Tory Party Conference from Saturday 3 – Wednesday 7 October. Let’s make the #KeepTheGrants campaign a central message of that week of action. More information on how to get involved is available here.
2. Lobby your MP to sign Early Day Motion 294
Jeremy Corbyn has put down an Early Day Motion (EDM) in Parliament opposing the scrapping of maintenance grants and calling for more financial support for students to deal with the rising cost of living.
The Student Assembly Against Austerity has produced a lobby tool which allows you to write to your MP in two minutes – we’ve provided a model letter, all you need is your postcode. Click here to lobby your MP today!
3. Sign the petition – it already has 40,000 signatures!
Sign, share and spread the word - let's get this petition over 100,000!
4. Join the photo campaign
Simply download and print this sign, take a photo and tweet/facebook it on the hashtag #KeepTheGrants. If you send your photos to firstname.lastname@example.org, we will share them on the Student Assembly facebook page.
Finally have a read of Shelly Asquith, NUS Vice President Welfare, article for the Guardian on why we need to build a mass movement to save student grants and how to get involved in NUS’ campaign.