Brent Green Party

26 April 2017

Greens will SCRAP Labour legacy of tuition fees

& bring back maintainence grants 

Grants not Debts

 Green Party pledges to reverse Labour's 1998 legacy of tuition fees and bring back the maintainence grant system 

  • Green Party launches three student policies
  • Pledges to scrap tuition fees, bring back maintenance grants and protect students and universities after Brexit
  • Co-leader Jonathan Bartley: “Students need a liferaft in the Brexit storm”

The Green Party will announce three policies aimed at students at an event in Sheffield today (April 26).

Co-leader Jonathan Bartley and deputy leader Amelia Womack will make a series of commitments to students during a visit to the University of Sheffield [1]. They will be joined by students, members of the Young Greens and Natalie Bennett, candidate for Sheffield Central.

The Green Party will pledge to:

  • Scrap tuition fees
  • Reinstate maintenance grants
  • Continue the Erasmus programme and match EU funding for universities with a UK equivalent after Brexit

Ahead of the announcement, Bartley said:

“The Green Party is the only party standing up for students and putting young people at the heart of its campaign. Education is a right not a commodity to be bought, and we need a level playing field so everyone can go to university or college, not just the most privileged."

“Young people need a liferaft in the Brexit storm. They are being ignored in the Brexit negotiations, despite having the most to lose, and funding for our universities is under unprecedented threat. The Green Party will not let young people miss out on opportunities to study, travel and work across Europe because of a decision they so emphatically voted against.”

“Building a better future for young people is an absolute priority and today we are committing to policies that will help us work towards an open, tolerant society where everyone has the chance to succeed.”

Deputy Leader of the Green Party Amelia Womack said:

“A Green government would ensure that after a deal was drawn up with the EU, the British public would have the chance to vote to remain in Europe. We think that is only fair: you don’t sign a contract without reading it first and neither should the British people be tied to a deal with Europe that they couldn’t vote for. In that referendum, young people would be given a real say over their future because we would lower the voting age to 16. But, if after that people still vote for Brexit, we have to make sure that protections are in place for young people and that is what today’s policy announcement is all about. Plowing ahead without safeguards is not and cannot be an option.”

John Mansook, Chair of Brent Green Party said: 

"If we took a young person from Brent of a black or minority background and compared them with another young person of a similar background in the majority of other places in London- the Brent young person would be doing worse compared to white British peers, - the other doing better.

Research from Runnymede shows young people in Brent are hitting a financial barrier, partly due to the borough they live in which is causing disadvantage. Green policy to remove the burden of debt and investing in young people could help shift the balance."

 

 

ENDS

 For more information contact: press@greenparty.org.uk / 0203 691 9401

 

Notes:

  1. The policy launch is at 12 noon, April 26 outside the Information Commons, University of Sheffield, 44 Leavygreave Road, Sheffield S3 7RD.
  2. Costs: The Green Party would fund the reintroduction of Education Maintenance Grants (approximately £560 million per year), the ending of tuition fees (approximately £8bn per year), and covering the cost of Erasmus (approximately £6bn per year) through the introduction of a Wealth Tax (generating £10bn in its first year) and Robin Hood Tax (generating £5bn in its first year) and the scrapping of HS2 (£66bn) and the third runway at Heathrow (£17bn). 

 







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