Scottish government changes to tackle student poverty

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NUS Scotland has today welcomed an announcement by the government of student support improvements for Scottish students.

The improvements, which will take effect from 2016/17, were announced during an address by the Cabinet Secretary for Education, Angela Constance, at a conference on widening access today.

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

Students have been campaigning against austerity measures in education since the recession
Students have been campaigning against austerity measures in education since the recession

 

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.

Commenting on the announcement, 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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