This week in Parliament an emergency debate was held on tuition fees. It was called for by Labour, as an attempt to continue a national conversation about our unsustainable system for funding higher education. It’s one that sees students in England burdened with an average of £50,800 of debt (and that’s before the payday loans, overdrafts and IOUs) to access an undergraduate degree.
It comes after an offer from Labour in June’s general election to rethink our increasingly unfair approach to higher education funding. Their promise? To scrap tuition fees. It’s what they said and it’s what they meant.
Since taking office in 2010 the Tories have more than tripled undergrad tuition fees to £9,250 (and rising), and Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour manifesto pledged to scrap them … Read the rest