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By Office Admin Team

The following motion was submitted by Bob Doris MSP today in support of Students in Further and Higher Education During the COVID-19 Pandemic


That the Parliament notes that many students in further and higher education experience financial hardship during the course of their studies, and that these difficulties are being exacerbated by the wider economic and social consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic; understands that financial support provided by awards agencies and student loan companies across different parts of the UK is usually provided on a term-time basis only, and that many students would seek to supplement their income with paid employment, especially during summer months; believes that many traditional summer job opportunities for students are unlikely to exist as a result of social distancing and economic restrictions, and urges all governments across the UK to work in partnership with each other, student representative bodies and relevant awards agencies and loans companies to ensure adequate financial support is available to further and higher education students throughout the calendar year, including access to universal credit or other appropriate benefits, the provision of increased finance to further and higher education institutions to disburse through hardship funds, and access to other appropriate support during these unprecedented times.

You can read more motions submitted by Bob online at the Scottish Parliament website

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