Paul Blomfield MP, Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Students, has condemned the Government decision to end maintenance grants for poorer students.
Mr Blomfield, who has more students in his constituency than any other MP, said:
“Maintenance grants provided the last remnant of fairness in the student support system. By cutting these grants, the Government is deliberately choosing to attack students from low-income families, while other parts of the budget give tax breaks to higher-income households and boost the inheritance of those from million pound homes.”
Notes for Editors
1.Paul Blomfield Sheffield Central Constituency is home to 36,000 students and includes both Sheffield's universities.
2.Paul was recently re-elected Chair of the APPG on Students, which he set up with cross-party support in 2014. He is Secretary of the APPG on Universities and was re-elected to the Business, Innovation and Skills Select Committee last week.
3.In March, Paul was voted ‘most inspiring leader' in higher education in the Guardian's 2015 University awards.
For further information please call Paul Blomfield MP's office on 0114 272 2882.