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Provide £5,000-£8,000 annual maintenance for student nurses

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...with students receiving a £5,000-£8,000 annual maintenance grant every year during their course to help with their cost of living – and they won’t have to pay it back. Everyone will receive at least £5,000 with further funding in regions or disciplines that are struggling to recruit – such as mental health – and help with their childcare costs.

Conservative Party Manifesto 2019, p.10

Our verdict

  • This is a promise that nursing students will receive additional, non-repayable maintenance grants of at least £5,000, with more available for nursing students in specialist areas with recruitment challenges, such as mental health nurses.
  • The March 2020 Budget confirmed the introduction of this scheme from September 2020, with nursing students entitled to a minimum of £5,000, plus up to £3,000 more broken down into £1,000 for specialist disciplines, £1,000 for childcare costs, and £1,000 in areas of the country where student numbers are down.
  • The Royal College of Nursing director for England has said the funding is inadequate, and other experts agree that more action is required, but the new maintenance grant scheme is in place, so this policy is ‘done’.

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