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Shabana Mahmood MP, Labour's Shadow Minister for Higher Education, commenting on the Office of Fair Access’ fee levels revision announcement today, said:
"It is unbelievable that students have had to apply for courses before knowing how much they will pay in fees. The Government’s rushed and haphazard cuts to higher education budgets go too far, too fast, with universities unable to plan ahead and frustrated students without the full information to help them apply.
“Some universities are lowering their fees, but more far-reaching change is needed if lasting damage to the next generation and higher education is to be prevented. If Labour was in Government now, we would be capping fees at £6,000, paid for by reversing the Corporation Tax cut for the banks and making better off graduates pay a bit more.

"This Tory-led Government is showing how utterly out of touch it is by making the wrong long term and short term choices. David Cameron must urgently change course before our young people’s opportunities of accessing a quality higher education are destroyed.”

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