North East Liberal Democrat MSP Mike Rumbles and Angus Councillor for Monifieth and Sidlaw, Ben Lawrie, are supporting the #SummerSAAS campaign. The campaign is asking for the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) to provide a summer income for students. The body normally distributes student funding during the normal academic year.
Many students have found their income streams depleted because of the Covid-19 outbreak. The #SummerSASS campaign is calling on the Scottish Government to expand this funding where returning to parents homes or taking on casual work is not presently an option.
Scottish Liberal Democrats across all levels support this campaign. Willie Rennie raised the issue with the First Minister and Education Spokesperson Beatrice Wishart raised it with the Minister in committee.
Mr Rumbles said: “I have signed the campaign’s open letter to the Minister and I know the minister will understand the uncertainty that many students feel at the moment’. We cannot allow a generation to slide into poverty at the hands of this disease.
“This would normally be an exciting time for students to explore different part time jobs. I hope we can come together in recognition that today’s students are tomorrow’s leaders.
Ben Lawrie said: “When I was a University Student I would work in hospitality during the summer to save up money for a deposit for term time accommodation. The Covid-19 pandemic means many students will be without work over summer, leaving them struggling to afford the cost of living over summer and unable to afford accommodation when term starts. It is for this reason I am fully in support of the #SummerSAAS campaign.”