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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-13554: Rachael Hamilton (Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 19 December 2017

To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the of the recently-published, Independent Review of Student Financial Support in Scotland, whether (a) it plans to co-opt universities into contributing to the student basic income, and if so, at what level and (b) the recommended student basic income will be given to (i) Scotland-domiciled students only and (ii) (A) EU citizens and (B) others with eligibility for student loans.

Answered by: John Swinney 9 January 2018

This Government is committed to ensuring that all students, especially those in our most deprived communities, are provided with the financial support they need to succeed. That is why we commissioned the independent review of student support, chaired by Jayne-Anne Gadhia, CEO of Virgin Money UK.

The report sets out a number of recommendations that would fundamentally change the way students are supported. It is only right that we now take the time to consider these recommendations in detail, and in particular how these interact with social security payments still reserved to the UK Government. We will set out our next steps in due course.