Another of parliament's legal reforms has collapsed - this time a proposal to limit student aid to a single degree was binned after the National Coalition Party and the Swedish Peoples Party withdrew support for the measure in Parliament during Friday’s last full sitting.
National Coalition Party MPs Sanna Lauslahti and Pertti Salolainen tweeted that NCP does not support moving the law proposal forward.
According to news agency STT, the Swedish People’s Party has also withdrawn its support for the bill. SPP chair Carl Haglung says that his party will vote against the government law proposal on Saturday.
Later in the afternoon government party parliamentary group chairs announced that they had agreed to withdraw the bill from parliament.
Gov't calculated 10 million in savings
Earlier this week lawmakers voted in favour of discontinuing student aid for a second third level degree, with 95 MPs for the motion and 91 against.
According to the proposed reform, an additional degree of the same level as the one already obtained would not be eligible for student aid, even if the student had not applied for aid for the first degree. Government had originally estimated that the measure would save more than 10 million euros.