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LEGAL ACTION OVER COUNCILS OVER EDUCATION GRANTS

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College students depend more on where they live than the merit of their application when it comes to getting counci...
College students depend more on where they live than the merit of their application when it comes to getting council help with fees and living costs, a survey has revealed, reports the Guardian (9 April, p6).

Local authority spending on discretionary grants is believed to have fallen by 8 per cent in real terms last year after rises in 1991 and 1992, an although the number of grants to students aged 16 has risen, their average value is falling.

The awards are determined, funded and administered by councils and pressure for an inquiry into their future may increase following the finding from the survey by the National Foundation for Educational Research.

Some councils may soon face legal action as organisations such as the Law Society press for judicial review over their refusal of individual grant applications, reports the paper.

Education secretary John Patten may reconsider whether the grants and loans system should be administered nationally.
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