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Wes takes on former universities minister on student loans

In a debate for The House Magazine - Parliament's magazine - Wes debates student loans with former minister David Willetts.

Mr Willetts has recently suggested that universities should take on their outstanding loan debt of their students, with graduates paying universities back directly. Wes warns that the student loans system is already failing and this could worsen unfairness in the system:

"Because MPs like Lee Scott broke their pledge to vote against higher tuition fees, students are graduating with higher levels of debt than ever before. We’re in a position where 45% of student debts will need to be written off, and the Government had to abandon plans to sell off student debt because of over-optimistic assumptions about how much money it would make for the Treasury. I fear we’re left with an unsustainable system that fails universities, students and the taxpayer."

You can read the full debate online here. Wes is pictured here with Lee Scott MP when he was President of the National Union of Students. Lee Scott pledged to vote against higher fees, but when it came to the vote, he abstained! If every MP who pledged to vote against higher fees had actually turned up and done so, students wouldn't be paying annual fees of £9,000!

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published this page in News 2014-10-17 17:19:12 +0100

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