Shabana Mahmood MP, Labour's Shadow Higher Education Minister, commenting on new IFS research on the impact of changes to university funding, said:
"I welcome the IFS report’s findings that the gap in participation in higher education between rich and poor students narrowed under the last Labour government. This shows the success of Labour's policies in maintaining a partnership approach to financing higher education and the effort put into support programmes for students as well as our widening participation scheme AimHigher, which this Tory-led Government has abolished.
"The progress made under Labour is clearly under threat following this Tory-led Government's trebling of tuition fees to £9,000 and the complexity and uncertainty of the National Scholarship Scheme. This out of touch Government has put at risk gains made in widening participation as well as the adequacy of support for students once they are at university."