Subject: NUS WELCOMES VINCE CABLE’S BACKING FOR A GRADUATE TAX BUT WARNS AGAINST TUTION FEES ‘REBRAND’
Today in his first major speech on universities, the skills secretary, Vince Cable, has mooted plans for a possible graduate of tax system to replace tuition and top-up fees.
It would mean students repaying the costs of their tuition through taxation once they begin working, with higher earners paying more. It would make England’s student funding system fairer and more sustainable.
The National Union of Students (NUS) today welcomed Business Secretary, Vince Cable’s backing for a graduate tax to replace student top-up fees but warned any proposed alternative must be genuinely fair and progressive to win the support of students.
Speaking after the announcement, Aaron Porter, NUS President, said:
“Vince Cable’s support for the principle of a graduate tax is to be welcomed as is his recognition that those who earn most after university should contribute more back as and when they do so. He is right to ask why, under the current unpopular and regressive top-up fee system, a care worker or teacher is expected to pay as much as a corporate lawyer or banker.”
“The fair solution is to abolish tuition fees and ensure that graduate contributions are based on actual earnings in the real world, rather than sticker prices in prospectuses, which are based on guesswork.”
Read the full NUS press release.
A fairer system
We need students’ unions to encourage the possibility of a fairer and more sustainable system and challenge any attempt by the Government merely to rebrand the current system. The devil will be in the detail as to whether we are able to judge Dr Cable’s proposals as fair.
Students Unions can take action today by:
· Contacting sending a press release with a comment to their local and regional media.
Local press guidance to help you do this
· Emailing your MPs, a template letter to help you with this.
Full speech will be available on the BIS website later today.