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Student fees at the LSE nursery

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The signatories to this petition formally request that the proposed changes to the LSE Nursery fee structure, in which students of the LSE are required to pay the full monthly fee rather than a reduced rate, are immediately withdrawn and reviewed by consultation:
We would like to emphasise the following reasons:

- £1170 in nursery fees is unafordable for many students. Increasing nursery fees would prevent most parents from seeking degrees at LSE, cutting off a significant pool of talent.

- Students from outside the EU or EU students living in the UK for less than 3 years are unable to seek assistance via tax credit benefits otherwise available to UK and other EU nationals.

- We understand that running a nursery is costly, but we are not sure that enough effort has been made to increase revenue, keeping the nursery spaces full, offering part time spaces, advertising widely to the School's community, etc.
- Increasing the fees to that level in one year will have an impact in recruitment and students will seek alternative childcare arrangements, putting the nursery and the service they provide at risk. 

- Removing the student's nursery subsidy would disproportionately affect certain groups (mature students, women, single parents etc) and adversely impact the diversity which is so highly valued by the LSE and its students and staff.


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