The Labour Party Has Said It’ll Scrap Tuition Fees Straight Away If It Wins The Election
Two weeks ago we reported that the Labour party had hinted it would abolish tuition fees if it got into power in this year’s general election, but that this wasn’t, at the time, an official manifesto pledge.
Since then, they have not only confirmed their plan to scrap university tuition fees in their manifesto, but they’ve also promised to bring it forward a year.
Yes, Labour has said that you’ll no longer have to pay tuition fees if it wins the general election.
This means that if you’re starting university this year, you won’t need to pay the £9,250 per year you thought you were going to have to pay, something that was originally intended for students starting in 2018.
If you’re already enrolled on a course, the party says you won’t need to pay for the remaining years.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said: “Students will benefit from having more money in their pockets, and we will all benefit from the engineers, doctors, teachers and scientists that our universities produce.”
The party has also promised to bring back maintenance grants and protect graduates from increasingly high interest rates.
Speaking to the BBC, Labour’s shadow education secretary Angela Rayner said the aim of the pledge is to “stop our young people from going through that hell of having that much debt.”
According to the party’s spending manifesto, the cost of scrapping tuition fees would be covered by increasing both corporation tax and income tax for people earning more than £80,000.
Will you be voting Labour?
- I was going to vote Labour anyway
- Definitely, this has swung it for me
- Not sure. I believe that they want to scrap fees, but not that they will
- No, this has brought back bad memories from 2010
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