41% of @UniofNewcastle students have considered dropping out over financial pressures.
The @NewcastleSU foodbank is restocked daily but can empty in just 7 minutes.
Govt changes to maintenance loans will leave students £1500 worse off. I asked why they are punishing students? pic.twitter.com/PosTAFxZCo
— Chi Onwurah ? (@ChiOnwurah) January 17, 2023
(Newcastle upon Tyne Central) (Lab)
Newcastle University student union’s recent cost of living crisis survey revealed that 41% of students had considered dropping out due to financial pressures. They are trying to balance studying with part-time and full-time jobs, and they feel increasingly isolated and exhausted. The student union food bank is restocked daily and is emptied quickly, with the record being within seven minutes. The Minister knows that his additional hardship fund works out at about £10 per student, and students are £1,500 worse off because of the mismanagement of maintenance loans. Why is he punishing students like this?
What steps she is taking to help support students with the cost of living.