Student support for academic year 2018/19

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Dear Department for Education,

1. Why is the Government using an inflation forecast figure for RPIX to uprate student support for 2018/19 that has been superseded?
In my FOI request earlier this year (https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/f... ) you indicated that the forecast RPIX figure used to uprate tuition fees and student support for academic year 2017/18 was the spot rate forecast for January 2018 following the start of the 2017/18 academic year in September 2017.

The 3.2% figure that will be used to uprate student support for academic year 2018/19 (http://qna.files.parliament.uk/ws-attach... ) appears to be the spot rate forecast for January 2019 (RPIX) following the start of the 2018/19 academic year in September 2018 from the OBR March 2017 Economic and fiscal outlook – supplementary economy tables. However that is not the latest forecast available: the OBR November 2017 Economic and fiscal outlook – supplementary economy tables, contains a spot rate forecast for RPIX in January 2019 of 2.9%. Why is it the March 2017 figure is being used? Was this announcement originally scheduled to be made prior to the Autumn Budget 2017?

2. The Government has previously indicated that it indends to introduce doctoral postgraduate loans for academic year 2018/19: "we intend the product to be launched for applications in Spring/Summer 2018, in time for the 2018/19 academic year." (https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/sy... ). However the student support announcement for 2018/19 is silent on this and only mentions master's loans. What is the current status of doctoral loans?

Yours faithfully,

Brian Harrison

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Dear Mr Harrison

Thank you for your recent enquiry. A reply will be sent to you as soon as possible. For information; the departmental standard for correspondence received is that responses should be sent within 20 working days as you are requesting information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. Your correspondence has been allocated reference number 2017-0057770.

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Dear Department for Education,

Ref: 2017-0057770

A response to my FOI request of 6th December 2017 is now overdue. Consequently the DfE is in breach of the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 in failing to respond to the requester in a prompt manner within the 20 working day deadline set out in the Act. Because of the late response, the DfE has breached its statutory legal obligations as found in section 10(1) of the FOIA. Please ensure a response is issued promptly.

Yours faithfully,

Brian Harrison

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Dear Department for Education,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Department for Education's handling of my FOI request 'Student support for academic year 2018/19'.

A response to my FOI request of 6th December 2017 is now long overdue. Consequently the DfE is in breach of the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 in failing to respond to the requester in a prompt manner within the 20 working day deadline set out in the Act. Because of the late response, the DfE has breached its statutory legal obligations as found in section 10(1) of the FOIA. Please ensure a response is issued promptly.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/s...

Yours faithfully,

Brian Harrison

ACCOUNT, Unmonitored, Department for Education

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Dear  Brian Harrison

Brain, in response to your second point, I can confirm that we still
intend to introduce doctoral loans for academic year 2018/19. The detail
of the loan policy was announced when the Government published its
response to the Doctoral Loan Consultation at the Budget in March 2017,
and this is why it did not feature in the recent budget.

More information about the loan can be found in the Government
consultation response. The link is below:

[1]https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/sy...

 

M.Ndede

Ministerial and Public Communications Division

Web: [2]https://www.education.gov.uk
Twitter: [3]https://www.twitter.com/educationgovuk
Facebook: [4]https://www.facebook.com/educationgovuk

 

Hello,

 

 Please could your team provide a cleared reply to the below TO case.

 

 Please confirm the level of clearance in your reply.

 

 

 

TO case reference 2017-0057770 
Correspondent  Brian Harrison 
Subject   Student funding : Student loans 
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 Did you know: 81% of policy teams send their contributions before or on
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 Many thanks in advance,

 

 Michael Ndede 

 Higher Education - New Student Finance products 

  

  

 

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ACCOUNT, Unmonitored, Department for Education

Dear  Brian

Thank you for your email of 24 January regarding your previous
correspondence. On this occasion I have been asked to reply.

I have contacted policy officials who were handling your original enquiry
and have been informed that a response has now been sent to you. I
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