When the government said recently that Health and Education would be saved from any cutbacks, guess what?
Third level education grant levels have been frozen until the end of the year. Qualifying means-test levels have also been raised. In addition, decisions on grant levels will be made in the context of the annual budget and any changes will apply from January 1 rather than from the beginning of the academic year. Students opting for third level this autumn won’t know until Budget Day how much their grant will be worth for the 2009 portion of their academic year.
And that’s just one example.