NUS Scotland welcomes the Scottish Government's Programme for Government, which aims to set out the legislative agenda for the year ahead, pledged to review purpose-built student accommodation to ensure affordability across the sector and resume the national student income and expenditure survey.
Responding to the review of purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA), NUS Scotland President Matt Crilly stated:
“NUS Scotland has long called for the Scottish Government to instigate a comprehensive review of the student accommodation sector and so today’s announcement is very welcome news. This is a victory for student campaigners up and down the country.
“The conduct of some accommodation providers during this crisis has exposed the inequality facing many students in PBSA’s and makes the need for this review all the more urgent. I hope this is the first step to strengthening the rights of those living in student accommodation.”
Welcoming the National Student Income and Expenditure Survey Mr Crilly added:
“Students across Scotland are struggling to make ends meet and we know that it is the poorest students who are taking on the most amount of debt already. Today’s commitment to a national survey of student finances is a welcome first step to ensuring that support for college and university students keeps up with the cost-of-learning in future years.”
Commenting on the Youth Guarantee, Mr Crilly said:
“I am also delighted to see a £60 million Youth Guarantee, that will ensure every young person aged between 16 and 24 will be guaranteed an opportunity at university or college, an apprenticeship programme, employment including work experience, or participating in a formal volunteering programme. It is great news that this will be backed by new additional funding for apprenticeships and the new Job Start Grant.
“It’s important to remember that the economic disruption caused by Covid-19 will have an impact on people over the age of 24, and it’s crucial that support is provided to them to reskill and retrain. NUS Scotland will continue to make the case for just that.”