Labour’s Parliamentary candidate for Denton and Reddish, Andrew Gwynne, has backed the Labour Party’s pledge scrap tuition fees and ensure universities have the resources they need to continue to provide a world-class education.
Tory policies since 2010 have held students back, saddling them with debt that blights them from the start of their working lives. However, over 400,000 university students will be freed from an average of around £27,000 debt this autumn if Labour is elected next month.
- Abolish tuition fees from 2018 – lifting a total £38 billion in debt from fees over the course of the next parliament, before a penny of interest is added
- Restore maintenance grants
- Write off the first year of fees for students planning to start university this September
- Students part way through their degree will not have to pay fees for the remainder of their course and part-time students will be covered for the cost of their first undergraduate degree
- Support students who have already graduated by protecting them from above inflation interest rate rises on existing debt
- Under plans for a National Education Service, scrap college fees for adult learners.
Tuition fees have trebled to over £9,000 a year since 2012 and graduates are being held back by starting their working lives saddled with debts averaging almost £45,000. Labour’s policy will directly benefit the 4,003 students’ who reside across the Denton and Reddish constituency.
Andrew Gwynne said:
“I believe that everyone in this country should have the chance to further their education and career opportunities, not just those that can afford it.
“Labour will restore the principle that education is free. No one should be put off from getting an education through a lack of money or fear of debt.”