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Halls row: students’ vote of no confidence

City university campaigners say demands for no-penalty early release from accommodation contracts and reduction in charges have not been met

12 February, 2021

The university building

STUDENTS at City, University of London held a vote of no confidence in the board of executives.

The Students’ Union and representatives from the Rent Strike campaign put forward a motion at a meeting held last week.

They say demands for a no-penalty early release from accommodation contracts, a 30 per cent rent reduction for students remaining in halls, and increased wellbeing support for students have not been met.

A spokesperson from the university said: “Along­side our hardship fund, last year we created the digital inclusion fund in response to the pandemic.

“This fund assists eligible students with the costs of specific hardware and software that they require for their studies.

“Shortly, we will be launching new additional funding sources to support students facing other forms of hardship, including those dealing with financial issues related to their accommodation.

“For our students in rented accommodation, we have been encouraging providers and landlords to offer flexibility to those who wish to be released from their tenancy agreements.

“We welcome the accommodation providers who have acted to assist students who cannot currently occupy their accommodation due to the national restrictions in place.”


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