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Don Foster, Liberal Democrat MP for Bath, speaks for the party nationally on Transport.
 
 

“Government proposes ‘Double-or-Quits’ Gamble for Students.”
Commenting on the Government's new proposals for student finance, announced today by Charles Clark, Secretary of State for Education, Bath MP Don Foster said...

Main Image“This package represents a complete sell out for our students and univer-sities. At best, it forces the next generation to gamble on whether their degree is worth the cost of top-up and tuition fees – an average debt of £18-20k.

“But my greatest concern is that the Government has slashed the already-limited chance young people from our most disadvantaged backgrounds have of going to a university. It has effectively excluded them from the top-five universities – of which Bath University is one.

“British higher education will no longer provide life-changing opportunities for the talented but will increasingly become a bastion of the rich - hardly a fitting legacy for a Labour Government.

“Today’s students from less well off backgrounds can get a place at a top university and pay nothing in fees. Tomorrow’s students will now face a £20,000 ‘golden noose’, on graduation.

"Government research confirms that current levels of debt are even now putting off our poorest young people from entering higher education. A recent study found that 20% of all 3rd or 4th year students owe more than £10,000, debt rose by 26% last year, and 43% of all students work during term time.

“The burden of debt created by this policy will fall most heavily on women – who, on average, unfortunately earn 38% less than their male counterparts.”

ENDS.

Notes for Editors:

The Government this afternoon published their higher education white paper, which includes plans to allow universities to charge top-up fees. Further details available from:
www.dfee.gov.uk or news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/education/2680991.stm; report source: Unite.


Printed (hosted) by David Bellotti on behalf of Don Foster (Liberal Democrat) both at 31 James Street West, Bath BA1 2BT.
 
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