Angela Rayner responds to the Education Committee’s report
Angela Rayner MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Education, responding to the House of Commons Education Committee’s report arguing that universities must focus on value for money and supporting disadvantaged students, said “The Tories trebled tuition fees and scrapped maintenance grants, leaving the most disadvantaged students with over £57,000 worth of debt when they graduate. It is no wonder there are concerns that students do not get value for money.
“The number of part time and mature students plummeted after the Tories trebled fees, yet they are doing nothing to support the many learners who have been shut out by the current system.
“They should start by matching Labour’s commitment to bring back maintenance grants, to ensure that everyone, whatever their background, can succeed at university.”