NUS Scotland welcomes moves to tackle student poverty

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National Union of Students (NUS) Scotland have welcomed new moves to tackle student poverty.

The changes, announced by the Scottish Government today, will take effect from next year.

They include increasing the amount of bursary that students will receive by £125, for students with household incomes up to £24,000.

This increases the amount of student support these students are eligible to receive to £7,625.

The income threshold for students eligible for the maximum amount will also be raised, from £17,000 to £19,000.

Vonnie Sandlan, NUS Scotland president-elect, said: “This is great news for Scottish students, and in no small part due to the campaigning efforts of NUS Scotland and students across Scotland over the last few years.

“Our work to bring student poverty up the political agenda is paying off, delivering real benefits for students, and the Scottish Government is to be congratulated for doing more to tackle student poverty.”

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