Back in October, Lord Browne published his review of Higher Education funding and student finance. I posted my initial reaction here.
On 3rd November, the Government published its response, which included a number of improvements on Lord Browne's proposals, in particular:
- keeping a cap on tuition fees of £6,000 with an absolute limit of £9,000 in exceptional circumstances (Lord Browne proposed abolishing the cap altogether);
- a more progressive repayment system than Lord Browne envisaged; and
- a £150 million National Scholarship Programme targeted on bright students from poor backgrounds.
The Government’s proposals will be debated in the House of Commons before Christmas, with a view to implementing them for students entering higher education in autumn 2012.
I know from my postbag that lots of people feel strongly about this issue so I have organised a public meeting on Friday 26th November at 7.30pm at which I can hear first hand what my constituents think of the Government's proposals and, given the constraints on public spending, how they could be improved.
If you would like to attend, please email my office at firstname.lastname@example.org.