Shabana Mahmood MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Higher Education, responding to the release of the Business, Innovation and Skills Select Committee report into the future of higher education, said:
“The range of concerns highlighted by the Select Committee about the Tory-led Government’s higher education policy reflects the chaotic, confused approach which Ministers have adopted. It also shows how out of touch the Government is with the needs of universities, students and applicants.
“While the Government’s trebling of tuition fees risks putting off potential students, it is vital that applicants have access to accurate information about student finance. That is why the Government should lower the tuition fee cap to £6,000, funded by reversing the Corporation Tax cut for banks and some limited overpayment by the wealthiest graduates. Instead of taking away opportunities from young people, we should be prioritising the next generation.
“The Select Committee recommends that the changes to student number controls are deferred for at least twelve months. I have supported the sector’s calls for a year of stability in 2013/2014 and the Government should immediately support the calls of the Select Committee in this area.”