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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-03492: Tavish Scott (Shetland Islands)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 5 October 2016

To ask the Scottish Government whether it considers that the proposed increase of the upper age limit for eligibility for a student maintenance loan, from 55 to 60, does not breach the European Convention of Human Rights.

Answered by: Shirley-Anne Somerville 27 October 2016

Having a policy which contains a blanket rule, such as an age cap, is justifiable under the European Convention of Human Rights, provided that it is shown to be a rational and proportionate response to a particular aim of the policy.

The Scottish Government is satisfied that setting an age cap of 60 in relation to student maintenance loans is a rational and proportionate way to meet the aim of providing a student support system which is balanced and sustainable.