More controversy with the Tory Liberals and Universities reported in the Guardian here – LINK
So, this is what the Tory Liberals are discussing and here is what it could mean:
At the moment person A – is from a lower income family. A has to get the right grades and go through a rigorous selection process to gain a place at a top University.
Person B – is from a rich family but quite rightly has to get the right grades first. The less financially fortunate person A has to fight for his or her place, whereas person B has a rich mummy and daddy so can bypass the process that ordinary people have to go through to get a place at University.
My head tells me that they’ve been forced into looking at this because Universities have had their funding cut by 80% by the Coalition Government. Undoubtedly this must be having immediate and medium term budget pressures on Universities as the new fees system in the future will mean that it could be a number of years before Universities start getting money from student fees leaving a huge gap that will need to be filled in funding.
At the same time as fees going up, Universities have had their funding slashed by 80 per cent. When the Lib Dems and Tories raised the cap on tuition fees, they said that £9,000 per year fees would be the exception and that they expected Universities to charge around the £6,000 a year mark.
Instead, raising the cap limit and removing a big chunk of funding away from our prized institutions at the same time, has left Universities with little choice but to charge higher fees.
The Coalition of cabinet millionaires just do not have a clue how difficult their intention to treble fees will make going to University for young people from middle and lower income families.
They have benefitted themselves having free higher education and now they want people to pay up to £9,000 a year in fees. If we’re all in this together, every MP who votes for the fee cap rise should pay £27,000 into the higher education system.
THIS WILL RUIN THE LIFE CHANCES OF A GENERATION!
They are intent on tackling the deficit within one Parliamentary term because they say that the economy should not be built on a foundation of debt. But they think it’s ok for young people to be consigned with debts of up to £50,000 and build their whole lives on a foundation of debt. Where is the logic in that?
When they wanted to sell these extreme cuts, the Conservative and Liberal Democrats would turn moist-eyed and say it was “immoral” to “burden the next generation with higher debts.” So as a solution they have introduced a program that will burden the next generation with much higher debts.
During the years when young people have begun to work, are at the prime age to start up families and enter the housing market for the first time, a chunk of their disposable income will be removed from them at the time when they are in most need of it as they will have to deal with their student debt – thereby affecting their future life choices.
The Lib Dem comeback seems to be that it’s all Gordon Brown and the previous Labour Government’s fault. I disagree strongly – but you can blame Gordon Brown all you want… it doesn’t change the fact that Nick Clegg lied.