NUS Scotland respond to Programme for Government
The Programme for Government, which aims to set out the legislative agenda for the year ahead, pledged to remove the age cap of 26 for recipients of the care experienced bursary whilst also recommitting to making improvements for student cost of living support and mental health support.
Responding, NUS Scotland President Liam McCabe stated:
“It is very welcome news that the cap on the care experienced bursary has been removed, ensuring that some of the most disadvantaged students throughout Scotland are able to access further or higher education. All credit must go to our care experienced students for their relentless and inspiring campaigning. We look forward to further information going forward.
“We welcome the Scottish Government’s ongoing commitment to move towards a system where every student receives support tied to the Real Living Wage – as recommended by the Student Support Review almost two years ago – and the initial steps that have been taken. But, we’re yet to see a clear plan of how and when this ambition will be achieved in full. Meanwhile, student support continues to be eroded by the cost-of-living.
“We look forward to working with partners across the education sector to realise the potential of all students in Scotland, including increasing bursaries, student support and a continuing to call for a fully funded sector”