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College Bursary Funding Oral Question, 28/01/15 [S]

During Portfolio Question Time on 28 January 2015 Neil Findlay (Lab) asked the Scottish Government what the average college bursary funding is compared with England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning Angela Constance replied, in 2014-15, a full-time 19-year-old further education student at college in Scotland could receive a bursary of up to 4,000 per year plus access to discretionary funding. Making direct comparisons is complicated, but we have data showing that, in contrast, a full-time 19-year-old further education student could receive up to 1,200 per year in England, up to 1,500 in Wales and up to 2,092 in Northern Ireland. Along with Wales and Northern Ireland, Scotland has of course continued with the education maintenance allowance of 30 per week, whereas the scheme has been scrapped in England by the Westminster Government.

For the full answer to this and any subsidiary questions see the Scottish Parliament Official Report 28 January 2015 which is available from the Scottish Parliament website.

Further Information

Scottish Parliament Official Report 28 January 2015