There was an interesting article in the Guardian about this actually. Apparetly, LEAs are not going to be dealing with the applications anymore, its going to be one main nucleus in Darlington. So now what the LEAs are doing is starting to get rid of people who used to deal with your applications in anticipation for the change over in about a year or two., So now ALOT of students are left without loans. The Student Loans Company are probably the most incompetent, inefficient and lazy call centre workers in this whole f*cking country. First of all, the number costs about 150 a minute to call, then you have to f*cking wait 15 minutes to speak to someone, then when you finally get through all they can assure you is that its being processed and they cant say any more than that. I APPLIED FOR MINE ON THE 1ST OF OCTOBER AND GOT IT ON THE 23RD BUT THATS ONLY BECAUSE IM A SHOWERGUY.