FAILURE OF FEES HIGHLIGHTED AGAIN AS MAJORITY WILL NEVER PAY BACK LOANS

Education_WebA new report showing that around three quarters of students south of the border will never pay off their university debt confirms the folly of Westminster’s decision to impose tuition fees – and contrasts with the enduring legacy of Alex Salmond in re-establishing the principle of free education in Scotland.

The report by the Higher Education Commission finds that the level of debt as a result of the Tory hike in the level of student fees south of the border is now so great that 73 per cent of all students will still be unable to pay it off after 30 years – when the debts are automatically wiped.

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YOUNG APPRENTICES SOUGHT FOR PARLIAMENT TRAINING PROGRAMME

ParlyBuildingSNP MSP Stewart Maxwell has welcomed the launch of the Scottish Parliament’s Apprenticeship Programme and urged young people in West Scotland interested in gaining work experience to apply.

The new apprenticeship programme will bring twenty young apprentices to Holyrood over the next four years to positions in visitor services, finance, events, security, HR and IT.

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SCOTLAND’S SOCIAL LANDLORDS CALL FOR FULL WELFARE DEVOLUTION

Scotland’s social landlords have become the latest voice to back the devolution of welfare powers to Scotland.

Submissions to the Smith Commission from the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) and the Glasgow and West of Scotland Forum of Housing Associations (GWSF) have called for all aspects of the welfare system to be devolved, along with the “full fiscal and tax powers needed to fund the system.”

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PROMISE TO CONSULT ON TV DEBATES A ‘WELCOME STEP’

BBC ScotlandA promise that the BBC Trust will next week launch a public consultation on the proposed guidelines for the TV debates has been described by SNP MSP Stewart Maxwell as a welcome step today.

With two opinion polls this week showing substantially increased support for the SNP ahead of the coming Westminster election and membership of the SNP surging to make the party the third biggest in the UK, pressure has been mounting on broadcasters to alter their proposals to include the SNP in TV debates.

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LABOUR MUST COME CLEAN ON BEDROOM TAX

S Maxwell MSPEd Miliband has come under increased pressure to end his silence on accusations of Westminster pulling the strings in the Labour Party in Scotland, following contradictory claims of interference regarding the Bedroom Tax.

Reports in the Guardian on Saturday revealed that Ed Miliband had barred Johann Lamont from speaking out against the Bedroom Tax for a year, with a source close to Ms Lamont stating “they told Lamont not to condemn it (the Bedroom Tax) for a year while Ed made up his mind.”

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