MPs call for student Covid disruption funding in England to be doubled

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Cross-party group says potential £700m fund is needed to help students experiencing hardship

A cross-party group of MPs and peers is calling for the government to more than double financial support for university students in England whose education has been disrupted by the pandemic, potentially amounting to £700m.

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The fund would provide support for students experiencing hardship as a result of lost income from term-time jobs in retail and hospitality. It would also cover rent rebates for accommodation that has not been used due to lockdown measures requiring students to remain at the addresses they returned to over the Christmas break.

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