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Bolton Council Motion Tuition Fees
This Council recognises that higher education remains a key contributor to the cultural, social and economic life of the UK and that the future success of the country, in an increasingly globalised world, is dependent on a well educated population.
In view of this, this Council is deeply concerned with the Government’s proposals to transfer most of the cost of higher education from the state to students through the removal of the existing tuition fee cap allowing Universities to charge up to £9000 per year.
This measure, notwithstanding the proposed changes to repayment arrangements, will have a regressive impact: students from low and middle income backgrounds will be less likely to attend university and, where they do attend their choice of university will be based on proximity and cost, rather than best academic fit.
This Council cannot support the Coalition’s proposals which will make higher education in the UK one of the most expensive in the world for its students. It cannot support the aim of transforming UK higher education from a mass system to an elite system based on students generating high levels of personal debt. It cannot support a policy that will damage not only the future prospects of many young people in Bolton but also the future prospects UK PLC.
Council invites the Leaders of the two opposition Parties to join the Leader of the Council to write to the Government opposing the Coalition policy on tuition fees.
Labour voted unanimously FOR the motion. Liberal Democrats ABSTAINED and Conservatives voted AGAINST. The motion PASSED.