New Clause 2 - Providers’ duty to ensure adequate resources for students’ unions

Part of Higher Education (Freedom of Speech) Bill – in a Public Bill Committee am 3:30 pm ar 22 Medi 2021.

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Photo of Matt Western Matt Western Shadow Minister (Education) 3:30, 22 Medi 2021

I hear the Minister, but the Opposition believe that it will lead to considerable red tape, even if there are templates to be adopted and so on. I just do not believe that many student unions would be able to cope. There will be associated stresses and certainly great costs, such as the insurance we picked up on the other day. The right hon. Lady talks about there being many student unions that have developed innovative revenue raising. Perhaps there are a number of such cases—I would be interested to know how many there have been among the hundreds we are talking about—but we will press the clause to a vote, because we think there is serious concern about the viability of student unions.