SNP will maintain education allowance
Monday, 13 December 2010 19:07
Scotland needs powers on economy and welfare to protect from Tory regime
Education shows the difference the powers of the Scottish Parliament can make as student protests in England move their focus to the withdrawal of Education Maintenance Allowances from 16-18 year olds in England.
Education Maintenance Allowances for students in Scotland are the responsibility of the Scottish Government and the SNP is continuing to invest in the Allowances with £30 million of funding for the next year – so long as opposition parties back the SNP budget.
Grangemouth SNP Councillor Angus MacDonald, a member of Falkirk Council's Education Committee and the SNP's candidate for Falkirk East at the Scottish Parliament elections said:
“The principle of free education and education based on the ability to learn is a value Scots cherish.
“The SNP will not sacrifice Scottish education to Tory, Labour and Lib Dem cuts.
“While in England EMAs are being abolished and students now face £9000 fees the powers of the Scottish Parliament mean we can choose the best way forward for Scotland by rejecting tuition fees and securing EMAs.
“Where the Scottish Parliament has the powers, the SNP is acting to protect the values Scotland holds dear. Opposition parties must back EMAs in the SNP budget to make sure education remains a right not a commodity.
"With further powers over the economy and over the welfare system that supports our most vulnerable people we could put a stop to the Tories dismal decade of cuts, invest in growing our economy and support our most vulnerable properly so that together we can make Scotland better.”