Thursday 21-04-2016 - 13:51
NUS Scotland has today welcomed key commitments to students in the Scottish Liberal Democrats manifesto. The manifesto adopts many of the recommendations of NUS Scotland’s ‘Shaping Scotland’s Future’ manifesto, with key policies for students and young people including:
- £30 million investment for increased higher and further education bursaries and a continued commitment to rule out tuition fees;
- An extra £5 million per year for FE bursaries, to meet the annual shortfall between student demand and the cash available;
- Raising the repayment threshold for student loans to £21,000;
- And, doubling the support available to young people with mental ill health.
Commenting on the manifesto, Vonnie Sandlan, President of NUS Scotland, said:
“It’s great to see the Scottish Liberal Democrats take up so many of the key policy recommendations from our ‘Shaping Scotland’s Future’ campaign. This manifesto includes some really positive commitments for students and young people, to ensure they have the necessary support to access education, stay there, and reach their full potential.
“The Scottish Liberal Democrats have set out clear policies to ensure improved support for our poorest higher education students, guaranteed and improved bursary support in further education students, and better support for young people with mental ill health. Those are the issues that students need to be at the heart of this election, and all parties need to deliver on.
“With this manifesto, the Scottish Liberal Democrats have made a strong commitment to Scotland’s students, and it would help create the a system that properly supports them. Between now and polling day we'll be campaigning to ensure that no party is left in no doubt that the status quo isn’t good enough, and set out what they’ll do to deliver fairer support for students.”