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McArthur: Scottish students living away from home £1,000 worse off under SNP government

November 18, 2015 2:12 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

The Scottish Liberal Democrats have slammed the government after it was revealed Scotland's poorest students are now £1,000 worse off than before the SNP were elected.

In 2007 the value of the maximum student bursary available to students living away from home was almost £3,000 but has now dropped to £1,875 in 2015.

Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesman, Liam McArthur has said the findings, revealed through parliamentary questioning, call into question claims by SNP Ministers that they are focused on widening access to university for students from the poorest backgrounds.

Commenting on the revelation, Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesman Liam McArthur MSP said:

"These figures give the lie to SNP claims that they are doing everything they can for poorer students. It is clear that the very students in Scotland who need the most support have had that support cut over the last eight years of this SNP government.

"Moving away from home and living on your own is a tremendous step in a young person's life. Many of Scotland's poorest students would be unable to afford their rent, let alone any books or equipment they might need, without help. For poorer students that help increasingly comes with strings attached.

"The SNP like to boast that they have delivered the best package of student support in the UK. Instead it is raiding the pockets of Scotland's students who need their help the most, doing nothing for the objective of widening access to university."