SCOTTISH STUDENTS SAVE £1BN – AS rUK STUDENTS HIT BY WESTMINSTER’S “STAGGERING” £14BN FEE BURDEN

Education_WebIn the same week it was announced that Scottish universities have climbed the Times Higher Education world rankings, new research shows that Scottish students have saved £1bn as a result of fee-free higher education.

Meanwhile, the research also shows that students south of the border have been hit by a £14bn tuition fee burden from Westminster.

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DICTATING SMITH COMMISSION TERMS SHOWS ‘BAD-FAITH’

Stewart Maxwell MSP has said that attempts by Ruth Davidson to limit the powers that can be discussed by the Smith Commission show ‘an extraordinary degree of bad-faith’.

In a speech at her party’s conference today (Tuesday), Ruth Davidson stated “that means ruling out so-called Devo Max. Such a plan – which would devolve everything bar foreign affairs and the Armed Forces – is a complete non-starter.”

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CHILD BENEFIT CAP WILL HIT SCOTS FAMILIES IN THE POCKET

SM_ChamberActionSNP MSP Stewart Maxwell is today calling on the Westminster parties to clarify whether child benefit will be among the powers they claim will be devolved to Scotland – as Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls outlines plans to introduce a cap and real terms cut that would hit hard-pressed families across the country.

In his speech to Labour conference earlier today, Ed Balls stated that the 1 per cent cap on child benefit would extend to 2017 under Labour – a move that would take money out of family budgets.

He renewed Labour’s commitment to the continuation of Tory cuts and austerity – stating that “cuts and tough decisions” would be made by a Labour government.

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PEOPLE IN WEST OF SCOTLAND CALL TV DEBATE FOR ALEX SALMOND

SNP MSP Yes1Stewart Maxwell has welcomed a new poll showing that people in the West of Scotland thought Alex Salmond was the clear winner of Monday’s TV debate with Alistair Darling.

An ICM poll published in the aftermath of the debate shows that 73 per cent of people in the West of Scotland felt the First Minister was the winner of the debate – a margin of victory of an astonishing 46 per cent. The poll also shows that 53 per cent of West of Scotland residents thought Alex Salmond had the better arguments.

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SCOTLAND’S UNIVERSITIES THE BEST PLACE TO STUDY IN THE UK

S Maxwell MSPThe strength of Scotland’s education sector has been highlighted again today – after the 2014 National Student Survey showed that Scotland is considered the best place in the UK to pursue a higher education.

Today’s survey also shows that student satisfaction in Scotland has risen again – standing at a three year high of 87 per cent.

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