Airdrie & Shotts MSP Alex Neil has welcomed the Scottish Government’s pledge to introduce a £7,000 minimum income for students and the promise of free access to higher education.
Mr Neil said the commitments underlined the Scottish Government’s commitment to students and that the measures will be welcomed in the area.
The commitments were made by Mr Swinney as he announced the Scottish Government’s spending priorities for the coming years in Parliament this week.
Mr Neil said:
“This Scottish Government believes fundamentally that education should be based on the ability to learn not the ability to pay. That commitment to students has been underlined this week with John Swinney’s Spending Review Statement.
“Ensuring students a basic income – and saving Scottish students from tuition fees – is a move that will only strengthen the higher education establishments and the Scottish economy at large.
“I hope that these measures will encourage people into further and higher education in Airdrie & Shotts.
“Introducing these measures will create an environment where students and universities across Scotland truly thrive and maximise their potential.
"This is something we have worked hard with NUS Scotland to deliver and I am pleased that over this spending review we will see students supported with a minimum income of up to £7000."