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Showing posts with label The Independent on Sunday. Show all posts
Showing posts with label The Independent on Sunday. Show all posts

Sunday, 16 October 2011

The Independent on Sunday’s stats – Scotland vs England

Scotland vs England: subsidies and benefits

Old people

Scotland: Free personal care for all residents of nursing homes.

England: Proposal that anyone with assets worth £35,000 should pay all the costs of their care.

University tuition fees

Scotland: Free – to Scottish students. Holyrood abolished £1,000-per-year tuition fees.

England: Students pay tuition and top-up fees of up to £9,000 a year – and English students at Scottish universities are charged £1,800 for tuition.

Education maintenance allowances

Scotland: Up to £30 a week

England: £0

Prescription charges

Scotland: Prescription drugs free for the chronically ill from next April. Expected to be free for everyone within four years. (see comment below - not quite sure what Indy means here!)

England: £6.85 per item

Health checks

Scotland: Free dental checks and free eye tests for all.

England: Standard charge of £17 for dental check-ups; eye tests cost £18.85.

Transport

Scotland: Over-60s travel free on buses; 16- to 18-year-olds get a third off.

England: Off-peak journeys free for over-60s and schoolchildren.

Heating for elderly

Scotland: Central heating installed for all pensioners;

England: Grants available for those on pension credits.

School dinners

Scotland: Free in the first three years of primary school.

England: Poorer children qualify for free meals – but this applies to only 16 per cent of pupils.