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We would take a similar stance.  Our institution is not a care provider,
so the care costs (including the accommodation) should not fall to us.
Social care, and the costs related to it, are the remit of social
services. Chris

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From: Discussion list for disabled students and their support staff.
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Sent: 27 June 2007 10:24
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Subject: Rooms in accommodation for personal assistants

Dear all
In the past we have always charged students who need 24 hour personal
care support for any extra rooms required by personal assistants when
the student is living on campus. Recently this has been challenged by a
Social Worker working with an applicant. The SW argues that it would be
a reasonable adjustment for the University to foot the cost of the
Personal Assistant's accommodation as the student is incurring this cost
through having to study at the University. We however have always argued
that the student who needs 24 hr support would need a room for a
personal assistant off campus as well and therefore would need to incurr
this cost (they would incur the cost if staying in a hotel or private
accommodation.
We think this challenge may go further so I wanted to check what other
institutions are doing about this. Does any institution accept this
charge and not pass it on to the student? 
Our existing students seem to fund the extra room from a variety of
sources. Does anyone know of a definitive funding source for this cost?
Any advice/sharing experience welcome.
Steve O'Melia
Disability Co-ordinator
University of Chichester