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LOCAL AUTHORITIES SLASH TOTAL OF STUDENT GRANTS

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Local authorities in England and Wales have halved the number of discretionary grants they give to students in high...
Local authorities in England and Wales have halved the number of discretionary grants they give to students in higher education since 1990, says a report published today by the National Foundation for Educational Research, the Financial Times reports (page 8).

Discretionary awards, usually £2,000 a year for higher education students, do not directly affect undergraduates who reach the minimum A'Level requirement, but they do affect postgraduate work, and several vocational courses.

Several local authorities have slashed their budgets for discretionary grants to help meet the strict government spending limits of the past four years, says the report. Numbers in higher education have almost doubled during the same period.

The NFER found that 12 out of 73 authorities surveyed had made increases of 20% in real terms in their wards while 34% had made decreases of the same magnitude.
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