UK Politics

Liberal Democratic Party: University funding must be fair and progressive – Hughes

Press Release   •   Oct 12, 2010 12:27 BST

“The test of any new scheme for organising and funding education and training for those over 16 must be whether we improve quality, increase opportunity for young people of all backgrounds and ensure a fair and progressive way of meeting the costs."

Commenting on the publication of Lord Browne’s review into higher education funding, Liberal Democrat Deputy Leader Simon Hughes said:

“All Liberal Democrat MPs are very conscious of the positions we have taken on higher education and the policies we campaigned for at the last election.

“We all have a duty to read and consider fully Lord Browne’s proposals and the Government's response.

“Today will not be the last word on policy for funding higher education in England.

“All MPs should now engage constructively in questions, answers and debate in Parliament. We must also listen to the considered responses of our constituents and the wider public before we come to take our final personal and collective decisions on the best way forward.

“The test of any new scheme for organising and funding education and training for those over 16 must be whether we improve quality, increase opportunity for young people of all backgrounds and ensure a fair and progressive way of meeting the costs.

“It is important that government policy on higher education funding moves this country on from the present unfair tuition fee system.

“Parliament should only support a progressive system which takes into account future earnings and makes sure that those who benefit most financially from a university education contribute the most.

“And we must never forget that high-quality apprenticeships and training for all those who choose not to go to university are equally important objectives for a successful 21st century Britain.”