SNP Councillors, have submitted a motion to February’s Full Council meeting which will ensure that the Scottish Government funded Care Experienced Bursary will not inadvertently impact on other financial assistance to which they may be entitled.
The Scottish Government have increased the Further Education and Higher Education bursary for Care Experienced students to £8,100 which is designed to provide financial support for travel, books and food.
In some cases receipt of the Bursary has impacted on other areas of support such as Housing Benefit and this is clearly an unintended consequence of a policy designed to offer support.
SNP Cllr Marie McGurk, Convener of Communities, Housing and Planning said:
“The increased bursary from the Scottish Government is designed to support our care experienced students and when this this matter was brought to my attention I was happy to look at if further, and even happier to be in the position to make the required policy change.”
SNP Cllr Jim Paterson, Convener of Education and Children’s Services added:
“I made a pledge to our care experienced young people that I would listen to them and this motion is just another example of the impact they can have when they approach this SNP administration. They should be extremely proud that by articulating their case to me they have helped shape Council policy to the benefit of some of our most vulnerable citizens.”