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Coronavirus: SNP politicians call for student access to universal credit

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SNP politicians Bob Doris MSP and Patrick Grady MP have issued a joint call for financial support for students over the summer months.

In motions submitted to both the Scottish and UK parliaments, the Glasgow representatives have highlighted the hardship anticipated by students who expected to work over the summer break.

Students receive financial support through term-time but are not eligible for benefits, such as Universal Credit, over summer months.

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The parliamentarians have written to the UK Secretary of State for Work and Pensions making the call, and are now looking to build cross party, cross parliament support.

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Commenting, Bob Doris said: “Students are not immune from the financial pressures caused by coronavirus.

“Many students will have expected to find paid work over the summer to cover their rent or save for the following term – but are now, through no fault of their own, unable to do so.

“We need to find a solution – and allowing students to access Universal Credit is one answer the UK government needs to adopt urgently.”

Patrick Grady added: “Governments have rightly taken unprecedented steps to protect workers and businesses through this pandemic.

“We should not leave our students facing hardship without similar efforts being made to protect their incomes.”

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