Yesterday I challenged the Government to protect higher education funding following publication of a Government report which is widely seen to threaten university income. The Augar Report proposes cutting university tuition fees by nearly a fifth to £7,500, but there are concerns that the Government will not compensate universities, so I challenged the Education Secretary in Parliament to commit to replace the lost fee income by increasing the teaching grant. Disappointingly, he dodged the question.
The report has welcome recommendations on Further Education funding, which has been cut massively by the current Government, but it mustn’t be at the expense of universities or students. I’ll keep campaigning on this.
You can watch my question and the Education Secretary’s response below: