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From The Socialist newspaper, 23 November 2001

Student Grants: New Labour's Second Thoughts

NEW LABOUR are, it seems, already backing off from their proposals to introduce a grant for some students. In recent weeks the government was said to be looking at alternatives to the current funding system, including the scrapping of up-front fees.

Kieran Roberts

They had been forced to do this by the massive opposition to fees and the abolition of the grant since they were introduced. However, their plans for an alternative system promised little improvement for students. For many they would make their situation worse.

Even the proposed grant was extremely limited and would be received only by students whose parents earn less than 10,000.

Given the minimal nature of that concession, New Labour's reluctance to implement it shows just how much they want to avoid spending anything at all on students' education costs.

But they're also having second thoughts about introducing a graduate tax, which they rightly believe could become very unpopular, as up-front fees have done. After all, such a system would still leave graduates in thousands of pounds of debt.

The one thing the government is definitely still committed to introducing is market rates of interest on students' loans. This alone could have a devastating effect on debt-laden graduates.

All the confusion over the future of fees and the grant shows the urgent need for students to build a mass movement against fees and for a living grant to guarantee a system of free education.

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Taliban's Defeat Won't Liberate Women

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War In Afghanistan: Paying the Price of 'Victory'

Management attack civil service safety campaigners

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