Tuesday, 12 October 2010

Conservative Future back unlimited tuition fees.

The Browne report was released today calling for the cap on tuition fees to be abolished and a free market introduced. Conservative Future Chairman Ben Howlett has backed the plans.

After attacking Labour failures in the education system, Ben said: "By removing the cap and still contributing a loan of up to £7000, the government now has an opportunity to create world class education institutions that allow markets to improve educational quality for students, that can compete against universities across the world and can create a progressive system of education that ensures the poorest in society will not be priced out of the market."

The report seeks to balance higher charges with support for poorer families. As now, students would not have to pay fees up-front, but would receive a loan. But they would not have to start repaying it until their earnings reached £21,000 per year, up from the current level of £15,000.

All students will be able to borrow £3,750 per year - and young people from families earning less than £25,000 will receive an additional grant of £3,250.

Ben said: "We must support the progressive moves within the proposals that protect the poorest in society, including:

The threshold of repayment being raised to £21k up from £15k as set by Labour.

Real interest rates on loans for better paid students.

Bringing in extra grants and loans for the poorest students.

This is an issue not to play politics with. These are difficult decisions being made in the national interest. The proposals present an opportunity to progressively revolutionise the higher education sector while protecting the poorest. With these proposals we will once again have world class institutions of higher education."

tBg thinks this is yet another massive swipe at already hard-hit middle England. There are also many things wrong with a 3.25k grant to those students from families earning under 25k. Family demographics are different from town to town, street to street, house to house. These changes in tuition fees will see capable British teenagers not going to university.

Education must be accessible to all, no matter how much money you have. It looks as if it'll be the middle classes not sending their children to university.


Anonymous said...

Shame on Howlett and his tax on aspiration.

Anonymous said...

21,000 a year is hardly a lot, in fact that's a Night time supermarket workers salary in Central London. Howlett advocates the younger generation paying for the Mistakes of their elders and limiting opportunity for Young people this is not exactly good for a CF chairman, the very man who is supposed to stand up for us!

Where did he get the mandate for this support from? I thought he was going to consult the membership? It's a disgrace, the policy and the support of.

Anonymous said...

This is really going to help us grow membership!

Anonymous said...

shame on you all

Anonymous said...

Shame on Howlett.

Anonymous said...

He should resign over this, no mandate

Anonymous said...

How can he claim this mandate when less than 0.5% of people voted for him.

Anonymous said...

This is just the reason why sensible people don't get involved in CF. The Chairman is full prepared to pledge his support for something, despite promising consultation with the membership, just so he can suck up to a few people in CCHQ in the vague hope of a Political career.

Anonymous said...

This will really help at Freshers next year! Well done Ben.

Conservative Future said...

This is a controversial issue throughout the country. It is also controversial within the ranks of Conservative Future. National Chairman Ben Howlett was quick to support the lifting of the cap on fees, currently set at £3,290 per year. This could see some of the more prestigious institutions charging upwards of £10,000. Many claim the move is necessary to fill a 'black hole' left by cuts in the education budget. But Clare Hilley, one of Conservative Future's Deputy Chairmen, has written of her uncertainty on the matter. Mr. Howlett should have invited discussion and debate within the organisation before jumping to the defence of the policy.

Ben Howlett was elected as National Chairman on a turnout of 1%. He lacks any mandate to speak for young Conservatives.

Anonymous said...

Mr Howlett thinks he is president, he is just a joke.

Anonymous said...

I agree with the above comment. Can we have a re-election? That new guy Thorpe-Apps would be a better bet!

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