Letter: High price for students to pay

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Letter: High price for students to pay

Sir: As two professionals maintaining our daughter at university, your article "Students forced to live off their parents" (12 July) held few surprises. Although we enjoyed the relatively generous grants of the late Sixties, we do not object to funding her, but as a consequence have been forced to support her unemployed boyfriend as well.

He was denied unemployment and social security benefit when he admitted that his girlfriend, with whom he lives, was in receipt of pounds 80 per week from her parents. This amount was adjudged by social security officials as being sufficient to keep them both.

If our daughter were also unemployed and in receipt of no student "income", the state would support them both. Alternatively, if she had evicted her boyfriend he could have claimed both unemployment benefit and rent allowance.


Oldham, Lancashire