Emma Hardy MP, Labour’s Shadow Further Education and University Minister, responding to the NUS calling for a student hardship fund, said:
“The issues facing students as a result of the coronavirus crisis must not be overlooked, including lack of access to part-time work, accommodation costs and the upheaval to their studies.
“Labour wholeheartedly supports the NUS’s call for a student hardship fund and the option to retake their studies.
“There needs to be a safety net. The government needs to provide extra financial support, more mental health support, and any requirements that arise with SEND.”