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Local firms offer help to retrieve students’ possessions

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A number of local firms have offered to work with the Isle of Man Government to help students retrieve their possessions from the UK.

Many who returned to the Island before border restrictions were imposed were left feeling powerless and unable to collect belongings from their rented accommodation.

Last week, the Isle of Man Government appealed for students who required advice to get in touch and 312 individuals responded – who attend 65 institutions from Aberdeen to Plymouth.

Following the press release a number of local courier and packing firms also approached the Government to offer help.

Dr Alex Allinson MHK, Minister for Education, Sport and Culture said:

‘I am sorry that some students find themselves in this position. It is a complicated situation with personal belongings scattered all over the United Kingdom.’

Currently border restrictions prohibit day trips between the Island and the UK so parents are not in a position to take a car across to help collect items.

Dr Allinson has personally written to all 65 universities and colleges to explain the issues facing the Island’s students. Vice Chancellors have offered help to those in halls of residence and pointed out that in the UK it is currently illegal for a landlord to evict a current resident; this is true for the University and for private sector providers.

The Minister added:

‘We understand students’ frustrations at being separated from their possessions, books and equipment and we are working with local firms to find solutions. I have been very encouraged by the number who have come forward to offer their services - often at discounted rates.’

A list of businesses who are able to pack and ship possessions or arrange storage in the UK has been made available on the Government's COVID-19 website.