Surrey County Council and Babcock 4S are aware of the problems presented by the high cost of housing in Surrey and are involved in a number of initiatives.
Current support includes the following:
- For information on the latest housing and accommodation for teachers in Surrey, contact the Workforce Development team - firstname.lastname@example.org .
- MyChoiceHomeBuy is a government shared equity product. Its aim is to help social tenants, key workers and first time buyers who cannot afford to buy a suitable home in the area where they live or work. MyChoiceHomeBuy can help people who earn between 20,000 and 60,000 per annum to buy their own home on the open market. You will own the home and our loan will be secured by a second charge against the property. All first time buyers earning less than 60,000 can apply, provided they cannot afford to buy a property to suit their basic household needs on the open market. The scheme is demand-led, based on affordability.
- Catalyst Housing Group ( www.catalysthomebuy.org.uk ) manages schemes for key workers and first time buyers across Surrey. Contact 0845 601 7729.
The Government provides help towards tuition fees and living costs for students on all recognised initial teacher training (ITT) courses, subject to assessment based on individual and household income levels.
Most students do not pay the full tuition fee and independent students rarely have to pay any contribution towards tuition fees. Part-time students may also be eligible for help with fees.
Support with living expenses is available in the form of a repayable student loan and a non-repayable higher education grant, assessed on family income. There is also a range of extra grants for students with particular needs. These include a childcare grant and a disabled students' allowance.
For up-to-date information on higher education student support, consult the DfE website www.education.gov.uk/ .
Applications for financial support should be made to Student Finance England via www.direct.gov.uk/studentfinance .