Student Maintenance should not be considered income by benefits department

Student Maintenance should not be considered income by benefits department

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Kerry Thomas started this petition to Boris Johnson (Prime Minister) and

Higher education comes as a big cost to students, from loans to cover course fees, to maintenance loans to help with living costs such as rent, food etc. All of which are paid back once the student earns over a certain threshold.

These are LOANS not, earnt income! however when the benefit system looks at a students income, they consider these loans as just that, an income. They do not take in to account that this money is due to be paid back into the system. If this was a loan taken from a bank, the system would not take this in to account, in fact you can have savings or a loan of between £6,000 and £16,000 and still claim Universal Credit. 

This petition is to get the government to reaccess the way Universal Credit and other benefits are calculated for students who get Maintenence Loans to help with their living costs. 

There are different cases, cases where students are single, as part of a couple, a couple with children or a single parent with dependants, some have varying health issues also, all should be considered. 

Please sign this and let's get it seen and discussed in parliament. 

 

 

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