From the trebling of tuition fees through to declining training opportunities and rising housing costs, no generation has been dealt as bad a hand by their Government as young people today.
We should be investing in our young people so that they are equipped to make the most of their potential instead of having it squandered. This is not only so they can be successful for themselves, but also so our young people can build the long-term economic success our country needs.
Cutting the tuition fee cap from £9,000 to £6,000 for undergraduates from September 2016 and providing additional grants for students from low and middle-income backgrounds would tackle spiralling debt (which currently averages £44,000 for each graduate).
Cutting tuition fees isn’t just about lowering the debt of university students; it’s also about cutting our national debt. The Government’s decision to raise tuition fees to £9,000, saddling graduates with debts which they can never pay off, has hit taxpayers too.
Almost three quarters of students will never pay their loan back in full as the Government’s system writes the debt off after 30 years if it’s still unpaid. If left unchecked the system will add £281 billion to the national debt by 2030. We can’t carry on with this system as it’s unfair to students and unfair to taxpayers.
Cutting tuition fees from £9,000 to £6,000 and increasing student grants would benefit both students and our country as a whole as both can go into the future knowing that we have a more sustainable and less debt-laden system.
This change could be funded by restricting pension tax relief for those on the highest incomes. The increase in student grants will be paid for by asking the highest earning graduates to contribute a little more.