Paisley’s MSP George Adam has welcomed the news that up to 4000 students will save hundreds of pounds through council tax exemptions. Students moving from Higher National courses into degree-level study could benefit following their exemption from council tax under new legislation.
The move takes effect from 2014/15 and is part of the Scottish Government’s commitment to widen access to education and remove potential barriers to participation. Previously, these students have been liable for council tax between courses, a potential bill of hundreds of pounds depending on their council tax band.
It is estimated that between 3,000 to 4,000 articulating students could benefit annually from the move.
Commenting, George said:
“The Scottish Government is committed to education being based on the ability to learn, not the ability to pay. Our students are already offered the most generous support package in the UK, with increased access for students from low income families now part of the fabric of university admissions in Scotland. Our own UWS has a great track record of widening access and this support will help them to go further.
“This move now means that students progressing from an HNC or HND to a degree level course will now be exempt from council tax. It will free up vital funds for thousands of our hard-pressed students in Paisley and around the country and allow them to concentrate on making the most of their time while in further and higher education.”