Dear friends,


You may have seen the report by the BBC's Newsnight last night on Tory plans to cut student maintenance grants.
This is deeply troubling. You can read the full story on the BBC News website here:


And my statement on the matter is below:


“The coalition betrayed students and tripled tuition fees. A Labour Government would of increased maintenance grants by £400 a year. Now this Tory Government is drawing up plans to slash this vital lifeline for poorer students.


This is a very frightening prospect for young people and their parent’s. The average student now leaves University with debts of £44,000, cuts to maintenance grants will force poorer students to take on even more debt from commercial loan sharks just to make ends meet.”