Students (Financial Support)

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 26th February 2020.

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I am glad to hear of the work that is being done in collaboration with Stand Alone to engage with the issues that estranged students face. As I understand it, currently, children who are raised by a single parent will still be means tested on the basis of the income of both parents and are given guidance to that effect by the Student Awards Agency for Scotland. However, in practice, students will often receive no financial support from the non-present parent.

Will the Scottish Government research how the requirement affects that category of students, in terms of both finance and stress?