On 27 May 2012, the Department of Health published a consultation paper “Reforming the Social Work Bursary: a paper for consultation”. The consultation closed on 27 July. The consultation paper included five options for reform. There were 84 responses, of which 41 preferred Option 3: to retain the undergraduate bursary from the second year only and the current postgraduate scheme, and to cap the number of undergraduate and postgraduate students who receive a bursary. Following the consultation and further stakeholder engagement, the Government has decided to implement Option 3 and an announcement was made on 26th October 2012. This means that undergraduate students will not receive a bursary in year one, but will do in years two and three when they are on placement. The postgraduate bursary is unchanged. There will be a cap on the number of bursary recipients at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.