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Students criticise SNP decision not to scrap debt

Published: Tuesday, 20 November 2007   Category: Government policies

Student leaders across Scotland have criticised the government's decision to reverse its plans to scrap student debt.

Last May, the Scottish National Party (SNP) made the promise before elections but now appears to be going back on its decision.

Josh MacAlister, president of Edinburgh University Students Association said: "To drop a £2 billion promise that went a long way to getting them elected is a betrayal of trust."

Students have also been voicing concerns over the amount of money being spent on universities.

Angela Fraser, the president of Aberdeen University's student association, said any cut in funding could lead to "disastrous implications for Scottish universities" such as "course closures, reduction in student welfare services and a halt on future developments".

She also claimed that the SNP was "laying the groundwork for top-up fees".

SNP have denied the claims, saying that the Government is spending more on Scottish Universities than any point in the last eight years.
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