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Shabana Mahmood MP, Labour’s Shadow Higher Education Minister responding to the news that UCAS applications have continued to fall, said:

“It is disappointing that UCAS applications have continued to fall, and shows that the decision by the Tory-led Government to treble tuition fees is hitting aspirations hard. UK applications are down by 8.5 per cent, with overall applications down by 7.3 per cent. Applications from students over the age of 21 are down by an average of 10.3 per cent, reflecting the worries of these potential students with often greater financial commitments and the impact of the Government’s policies on them.

“Labour would reverse the corporation tax cut for banks and use the money to help cut fees to a maximum of £6,000. That is the difference between Labour, which makes investing in skills and knowledge a priority, and a Tory-led Government that will restrict opportunity and damage the future of our economy.

“The Government’s unfair, unnecessary and unsustainable decision to treble tuition fees to £9,000, while cutting university funding by 80 per cent, is putting many young people off university and threatening economic growth for this country and skills for the future. It demonstrates how out of touch ministers have become from the needs and aspirations of families up and down the country.”

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