In the Queen’s Speech, the Government announced it will allow some universities to raise their annual tuition fees above the current maximum of £9,000. Last year, I spoke in a debate and made the point that the Government were planning to bring in “higher tuition fees, at the same time as the removal of the maintenance grant-money that people will be expected to pay themselves” and now we see that less than a year later they have announced their plans.
Increasing tuition fees puts an unfair price tag on the futures of young people and I am totally opposed to this. The Government trebled tuition fees to £9,000 a year in 2010. I do not want to see fees climb even higher, saddling young people who want to go to university with around £50,000 worth of debt. This is a lifetime of debt that young people will have to consider before choosing a university education. This is a tax on talent.
The Labour Party have launched a new petition to put pressure on the Government not to allow this to happen. If you would like to sign the address is: http://www.thetorypricetag.com