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Scottish student debt 'increasing'
Tuesday, 17 June 2008
Debt among Scotland's students rose sharply during the first year of Scottish National Party (SNP) governance, the Scottish Labour Party has claimed.
In news of concern to those hoping for graduate careers in the future, the opposition party states latest higher education statistics show that student debt has increased by 8.9 per cent to in the year following the last Scottish election.
SNP promises of replacing student loans with grants have also been reneged upon, it is argued.
Claire Baker, Labour's higher education and student support spokesperson, described the figures as "damning".
She said: "Under the SNP it's students who are being dumped on by the government with the highest levels of student debt ever in Scotland, breaking the £2billion barrier for the first time.
"The SNP continually boast of returning free education to Scotland but these figures show the reality. Students and graduates across Scotland have been let down by the government."
Scottish Parliament elections in May 2007 saw the SNP voted into power with 47 seats, only one ahead of Labour on 46.