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Why Lib Dems shouldn’t keep schtum about tuition fees

tuition fees vote“University tuition fee rise has not deterred poorer students from applying”. That was the headline in The Guardian this week reporting new analysis by the Independent Commission on Fees chaired by Will Hutton:

The raising of tuition fees to £9,000 has not put off students from disadvantaged backgrounds from applying to university – although the gap in applications between those from wealthy and poor backgrounds remains wide, according to new analysis. …

The commission found that university application rates for 18-year-olds in England have continued to recover from their post-rise lows, with application rates for 2014 entry – including students who will receive their A-level results on Thursday – almost two percentage points higher than in 2010.

While students who are not eligible for free school meals – available for pupils from households earning less than £16,000 – remain more than twice as likely to go to university, the gap between advantaged and disadvantaged students has narrowed from 30.5% in 2010 to 29.8% in 2013.

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The pupil premium isn’t a quick-fix solution, it’s a long-haul policy

The pupil premium — additional cash targeted at the most disadvantaged children — is the policy of which Nick Clegg is proudest and with which he is most closely associated. The policy itself dates back to Julian le Grand in the 1980s (when it was touted as a progressive version of school vouchers) but it was Nick who put it firmly in the political mainstream as long ago as 2002 in a pamphlet he co-wrote based on experiences of it working within continental Europe.

Though the Tories nominally signed-up to the concept of a pupil premium in their 2010 …

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  • User AvatarGeorge Kendall 27th Apr - 12:55am
    To those in this thread defending the Tories when Lib Dems blame them for the problems with universal credit - normally, I'm all for being...
  • User AvatarDavid Raw 26th Apr - 11:23pm
    Your tolerance of the competence and perceptiveness of so many of our now absent friends is admirable, Mick. Sadly it's not widely shared in the...
  • User AvatarMick Taylor 26th Apr - 10:49pm
    Yes, expats. I don't shy away from responsibility, but you and many like you refuse to see that the coalition did many good things as...
  • User AvatarMick Taylor 26th Apr - 10:43pm
    The point is it was implemented wrongly, not that the idea of uniting a whole series of benefits is wrong. I agree the way it's...
  • User AvatarDavid Raw 26th Apr - 10:32pm
    Come off it, Mick. Universal credit is just one more example of a whole series of welfare cuts implemented by the Coalition and it's no...
  • User AvatarMorwen Millson 26th Apr - 10:25pm
    I agree with TonyH - there are advantages for all families in having a school uniform. Everyone benefits from not having arguments every day about...