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Details of Scottish student nurse bursary revealed

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Details of student nurse bursaries and the other funding support available to those on courses in 2016-17 have been announced by the Scottish government.

Trainees studying in Scotland in the 2016-17 academic year will be eligible for a bursary of £6,578.

Nursing students may also be eligible for one or more allowances, according to a new government leaflet titled Support for Nursing and Midwifery Students in Scotland 2016-17.

There is a £60 initial expenses allowance, which will be included in the first instalment of the bursary, as well as a number of income-assessed allowances for dependant adults and children.

The maximum amounts that students can receive through the dependent’s allowance are £2,640 for a spouse, cohabitating partner or child, with a further £557 for each other dependant child.

In addition, there is a £1,303 allowance for single parents and up to £1,216 for registered childcare costs.

Meanwhile, the leaflet added that students will continue to receive their bursary support during a temporary absence from their course because of pregnancy or childbirth.

Disabled students can also claim up to £1,725 a year for any small items of equipment or consumables, up to £20,520 a year for non-medical personal help, and up to £5,160 for major items of specialist equipment.

Last autumn, the Scottish government pledged to retain bursaries for student nurses, in contrast to England where ministers are set to go ahead with plans to replace them with a system of loans from 2017.

The government confirmed last month that it would go ahead with its controversial plans to remove bursaries for pre-registration student nurses, midwives and allied health professionals in England from next year.

However, speaking at the Royal College of Nursing’s annual congress in June, Scotland’s first minister Nicola Sturgeon described the Westminster government’s student funding reforms as “a mistake and wrong–headed”.

Last week, the editors of three of the country’s leading nursing journals, including Nursing Times, wrote to prime minister Theresa May calling on her to reverse the decision to scrap bursaries for student nurses in England.

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  • Great idea except for the additional allowances for the privilege of having a partner of spouse live with you. Single adults pay double the housing costs of those that cohabit already. They should be the ones that receive the additional allowance. Absolute madness. Note to future single student nurses in Scotland, declare your housemate as your civil partner. If you're lucky enough to have one.

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  • Why will England government not take example from the Scottish government and surpport their nurses, very soon most poeple would rather prefer to go to scotland and study.

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