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Shortfall in Student Support Funding Written Answer, 5/05/15 [S]

Written answer given in response to Iain Gray (Lab) question asking the Scottish Government  what it is doing to address the reported £7 million shortfall in student support funding.

The Cabinet Secreatry for Education and Lifelong Learning, Angela Constance replied, that with the Scottish Funding Council (SFC), we have agreed with colleges that the estimated shortfall in further education (FE) student support will be met in 2014-15 through the redirection of funds previously earmarked for depreciation. We are working closely with the SFC, Colleges Scotland and the sector to develop a way forward for 2015-16 which will ensure that students are supported. This work will build on the SFC’s recent review of FE student support. In the first instance, SFC will ensure that student support allocations for 2015-16 are more closely aligned to actual need based on the results of last year’s redistribution exercise.


For the full answer to this and other questions see the Scottish Parliament Written Answer Report 5 May  2015 which is available from the Scottish Parliament website.

Further Information

Scottish Parliament Written Answer Report 5 May 2015