Students’ support

THE SCOTTISH Government on Wednesday announced a new minimum income for the poorest students of £7,250, a minimum support package of £4,500 regardless of income, and part-time fees abolished for those earning less than £25,000. This will make Scotland’s package of student support the best in the UK.

Robin Parker, president of NUS Scotland, said: “The announcements are a huge step forward and a victory for years of campaigning by countless students across Scotland.

“From next year, Scotland will have the best support package in the whole of the UK available to college and university students studying at higher education level. With a £7,250 minimum income for the poorest students, a £4,500 minimum support for all, and part-time fees abolished for the poorest part-time students, this is very welcome news indeed.”