Luke Pollard

Labour & Co-operative MP for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport

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Labour's plans to support students

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Young people could swing the election here in Plymouth. For far too long young people have been ignored by politicians. It's time Westminster took notice of young people. That's why Labour's manifesto sets out an ambitious programme to help students.

Labour will lift the £38 billion debt burden from students’ shoulders

Labour will scrap tuition fees and ensure universities have the resources they need to continue to provide a world-class education.The Conservatives have held students back for too long, saddling them with debt that blights the start of their working lives. 400,000 university students will be freed from an average of around £27,000 debt this autumn if Labour is elected on 8 June.
Labour will:
  • 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
Luke says:
"I've been campaigning against tuition fees since I was a student. I remember campaigning against upfront fees, then upfront fees with the cap taken off and then the trebling of fees. The Lib Dems betrayed students in the 2010 election and the Tories further betrayed students in 2015 by lifting the cap on the 9k a year fees. Labour will scrap tuition fees and keep the cap on student loans so repayments are affordable. There are 45,000 students in Plymouth and they could well decide the outcome of this election if they vote on 8 June."
Only a Labour Government will build a Britain that works for the many, not the few.

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commented 2017-05-28 20:12:56 +0100
How about looking into the sale of the original set of mortgage-style students loans to Erudio by BIS for a fraction of their value a few years back? A shell company with 1 employee, owned by a debt collecting agency running the deferment scheme for tens of thousands of the poorest ex students, what could possibly go wrong? The fact they have been doing all sorts of underhand, it not outright illegal, tactics to get some of the most vulnerable of ex students to pay up when they are allowed to defer is a disgrace that the BIS and government don’t give a monkey’s about.

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