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"England can Learn from Wales" on Student Fees, says Chris Elmore MP

September 18, 2017

Chris Elmore, MP for Ogmore, has spoken out about the UK Government’s record on higher education during a debate in the House of Commons.

 

The local MP contrasted the policies of the Conservative Government in Wales with the strategies being implemented to help students by the Welsh Labour Government.

 

Mr Elmore commented: “Starting in 2018/19, Welsh students will be able to apply for a generous grant and loan deal to carry them through their studies with up to £11,250 support per year.”

 

Students in England are currently subject to tuition fees costing up to £9,250 which comes with an interest rate after graduation of over double the rate of inflation.

 

The Ogmore MP continued: “The Tory UK Government has broken it’s contract with students in England. It’s time they started taking note of the progressive and fairer approach towards higher education being exercised by the Welsh Government.”

 

It has recently been mooted in the press that Theresa May is planning to reduce the interest rate on student loans. This idea has however been ridiculed by the Labour party as a thinly-veiled cynical attempt to win back a proportion of young voters who turned out for Labour at the General Election in June.

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