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the graph also shows how Scotland is closest to treating higher education support as a flat rate benefit, while other jurisdictions choose instead to give more grant to those from lower income homes. The new maximum grant in Scotland will be much lower than elsewhere in the UK, just 1,750 (young) or 750 (mature: Scotland is alone in setting a lower rate for this group) and taper out more quickly. As a result, the Scottish Government is the only one in the UK which expects graduates from poorer backgrounds to end up with a higher government debt and, therefore, a larger claim on their future earnings, than their peers from wealthier homes. Finally, Scotland concentrates its support more than others Nike Air Force Black High on those who study in country. Under the new lower grant regime, Scottish students from lower income homes who study elsewhere in the UK now face the highest annual borrowing of any group of UK students (up to 15,500 a year: not shown here). Comparison with the free ranging students of Wales shows that this is not simply an inevitable outcome of decisions elsewhere; it is also due to policy choice here.
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Lack of awareness may explain why there has been so little controversy about the planned grant reductions, which public information has not highlighted and still less quantified. But there has been some media coverage. So, a more intriguing explanation would be that we have reached a point in Scotland where the suggestion of any increase at all in government backed student debt to fund tuition remains hugely sensitive in politics and the media, but a sharp rise in debt levels for those from lower incomes generates little interest. Meantime, a focus on England has left us uninformed about the other devolved administrations. The symbolism of free tuition remains strong in Scotland. The First Minister has recently repeated his much quoted Burns inspired comment that "the rocks will melt with the sun before I allow tuition fees to be imposed on Scottish students upfront or backdoor".
The metaphor was a powerful one and might be regarded as prophetic. With universal free tuition at the centre of its political universe, Scotland appears uniquely willing to allow student Air Force High On Feet
grants to melt away, at the expense of the least well off. If we care about addressing inequality, and given what Sheila Riddell has shown, shouldn't we be talking about this more?Lucy Hunter is a freelance analyst and formerly head of higher education, science and student support in the Scottish Executive. If you have a complaint about editorial content which relates to inaccuracy or intrusion, then contact theIf you remain dissatisfied with the response provided then you can contact the IPSO byThe Scotsman provides news, events and sport features from the Edinburgh area. For the best up to date information relating to Edinburgh and the surrounding areas visit us at The Scotsman regularly or bookmark this page. Cookies are small da.
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