ACT NOW: Sign the petition to instate an emergency fund for estranged & care experienced students affected by lockdown
Unite Foundation student Connor Owen has today launched a petition asking the Government to act quickly to provide estranged and care experienced students with vital financial support this summer.
Students rely on part-time employment to afford to live & study but have had their income cut off due to the closing of businesses during lockdown. This hits harder for students without family support.
In late May, The Unite Foundation, Become, Stand Alone, NNECL and Spectra jointly surveyed over 450 UK care experienced and estranged students in higher education to investigate the impact of Covid-19 on their financial situations over the summer.
It was found that only 7% of students are confident that they can pay their summer bills and only 5% of those graduating have a job to go to, these students are at severe financial risk.
Following on from the research and recommendations, Connor is calling on the Government to instate an emergency support fund for students and graduates without family support, to combat lack of available employment and to prevent homelessness. He stresses it is important that this is made easy for people to access, must be a grant directly from Government and the Government has a responsibility to all estranged and care experienced students to act and act fast.
Please click here to sign and share the petition, you can download the full research report below.