Stuart backs call to scrap tuition fees and reinstate education maintenance grants

26 April 2017

Green co-leader Jonathan Bartley says ‘Students need a life-raft in the Brexit storm’

The Green Party will announce three policies aimed at students at an event in Sheffield today (April 26).

Co-leader Jonathan Bartley and deputy leader Amelia Womack will make a series of commitments to students during a visit to the University of Sheffield. They will be joined by students, members of the Young Greens and Natalie Bennett, candidate for Sheffield Central.

The Green Party will pledge to:

  • Scrap tuition fees
  • Reinstate maintenance grants
  • Continue the Erasmus programme and match EU funding for universities with a UK equivalent after Brexit

Ahead of the announcement, Bartley said:

“The Green Party is the only party standing up for students and putting young people at the heart of its campaign. Education is a right not a commodity to be bought and sold, and we need a level playing field so everyone has the chance to go to university or college.

Students need a liferaft in the Brexit storm. They are being ignored in the Brexit negotiations, despite having the most to lose. Funding for our universities is under unprecedented threat. The Green Party will not let young people miss out on opportunities to study, travel and work across Europe because of a decision that they so emphatically voted against.”

Backing Bartley’s call, Stuart Tuckwood, Green MP candidate for Cambridge said;

"England now has the highest tuition fees in the industrialized world. Students graduating last year left university with an average of £44,000 worth of debt. This debt will hang over them for the rest of their lives and in many cases will never fully be repaid.

The current system is prohibitive to those from poorer backgrounds, places huge amounts of anxiety and stress on young people and ignores the societal benefit we gain from funding a comprehensive, quality higher education system.

The debate over tuition fees is not over, we have young people’s interests at heart and will fight their corner this spring."

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