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 Why is the Government using an inflation forecast figure for RPIX to uprate student support for 2018/19 that has been superseded?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

ACCOUNT, Unmonitored, Department for Education

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ACCOUNT, Unmonitored, Department for Education

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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Department for Education
Ministerial and Public Communications Division
Tel: 0370 000 2288

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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

ACCOUNT, Unmonitored, Department for Education

Thank you for contacting the Department for Education. We can confirm that
we have received the Freedom of Information request you submitted.

We will respond to you within 20 working days.

 

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