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University tuition fees

Friday, December 10, 2010

On Thursday Heeley MP Meg Munn voted in the House of Commons against the legislation to increase the level of fees for university students. She believes that the amounts proposed by the Liberal Democratic/Conservative government are unacceptably high and will deter young people, particularly those from poorer backgrounds, from going into higher education. Also those who do decide to go to university are more likely to choose cheaper courses rather than those that best suit their aspirations.


Whilst welcoming the proposal to increase the level at which graduates begin to repay their loans, she considers that it’s essential that support for students from less well off families continues to be in place. Without these safeguards universities in the UK will be out of reach for ordinary families


Meg supports the fees system set up by the previous government no upfront fees, but a reasonable amount repayable by working graduates when they can afford it. She believes that some increase in the level of fees is necessary as the current level was set several years ago, but that the scale of the increase in the government’s proposals is unacceptable.


Whilst understanding the concern about the fees system, and knowing that some people would like to see university education free, she thinks this would inevitably mean far fewer places available at university. She is also concerned that funds would be taken from other areas of the overall education budget, such as the vital early year’s sector.


Meg is also very concerned about the drastic cuts that are to be made to teaching budgets for universities. Under the system brought in by the last government, the cost of teaching was shared by the tax payer and the student. The new system means that students pay most of the cost. This is a fundamental change which has not been fully debated in parliament. 

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