Sunday, 14 June 2015

Conservatives plans to cut poorer student access to university

Among all the concern at the backtracking made by many Lib Dem MPs on tuition fees in the last parliament, one thing that went largely unrecognised was the protection given to grants for the least well off students. Now it seems that the Conservatives are proposing to cut these.

These grants are vital for students from poorer households and for parts of the country, like Cornwall, which have traditionally seen fewer young people going to university. Cutting them was blocked by Nick Clegg and the Lib Dems for the past five years but now appears likely.

Tim Farron, a candidate for the Lib Dem party leadership and someone who has always campaigned strongly on social mobility issues, is leading the charge against this proposal.

The question is whether MPs from working class backgrounds, such as North Cornwall's Scott Mann, will vote to restrict access for poorer students in the future.

The full story is here.

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