East Dunbartonshire MP Jo Swinson today said that the SNP are failing the college students who need their help the most after new figures revealed that colleges used by local students only received a fraction of the bursary funds requested.
Across Scotland, colleges asked for £14.7m to meet demand from students but will receive only £3.5m. City of Glasgow and Glasgow Clyde colleges were two of five colleges in Scotland which requested funding but will receive no support at all.
New College, Lanarkshire, which has a campus in Kirkintilloch, requested over £2.7million for student support. It was confirmed that the college would only receive £822,015 – less than 30%. Glasgow Kelvin College, which has 5 campuses across the city including in Springburn, requested £1.1million and only received a paltry £347,000.
Commenting, Jo said:
“The SNP’s raid on college budgets is having a direct impact on young people's pockets. They are failing the students who need their help the most. Students need this bursary funding to help them manage the cost of living whilst studying.
“We know that local colleges offer students in East Dunbartonshire the opportunity to gain new skills and get on in life. These cuts will strike a damaging blow to the people who need help the most and blows a further hole in the SNP’s claims to be committed to widening access.
“The Liberal Democrats know that we can only build a fairer society through creating opportunities for all. This is the real test for new Education Secretary Angela Constance to prove if she will adopt a different, more constructive approach than her predecessor and finally deliver for college students.”
Notes to Editors:
1. The figures can be found at http://www.sfc.ac.uk/web/FILES/Announcements_SFCAN112014_Inyearredistributionofstudentsupportfun/SFCAN112014_In_year_redistribution_of_student_support_funds_for_AY_2014-15.pdf