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A Petition Has Been Started To Stop Government Plans To Prosecute Students Who Don’t Repay Their Loans

After the government announced plans last week to crack down on students not repaying their loans – even going as far as making it a criminal offence – people have hit back and started an online petition to reverse the move.

In a statement to the Commons, Universities Minister Jo Johnson said: “We will take stronger action to trace borrowers including those overseas, act to recover loan repayments where it is clear that borrowers are seeking to avoid repayment, consider the use of sanctions against borrowers who breach loan repayment terms and, if necessary, prosecute.”

Stop plans to make it a criminal offence to not pay back your student loan‘ has nearly 20,000 signatures.

“Earlier this year the current government abolished the student grant therefore forcing people who might not want or need a loan into getting one putting themselves into more debt in the process.” the petition read, “This will lead to credit companies being on lesser fortunate students which could lead to legal action and possible prosecution.”

The organiser of the petition even claimed it will create “another underclass”. 

As it has surpassed 10,000 signatures, the government will respond to the petition. You can sign it here.

screenshot / via petition.parliament.uk

screenshot / via petition.parliament.uk