This post is part of an ongoing series where I intend to develop my full personal (not institutional) response to the HE Green Paper. Comments are welcome to refine this.
The Green Paper asks in Question 20:
What steps could be taken to increase the transparency of student unions and strengthen unions’ accountability to their student members?
None should be taken. The government should leave well alone here. It is vital that to continue their “important role representing student views and promoting the provision of academic and other services” student unions are given autonomy. To increase their regulation would be contrary to the spirit of this Paper, which claims to seek to give students freedoms.