Student fees

I have just read in the Times that ministers are considering barring universities from charging top fees.

When I was a student and tuition fees were first introduced by Labour it was obvious to me that eventually the fees would rise well above the £1,000 cap that then existed.  When the current Tory/Liberal government increased the cap to £9,000 it was obvious to me that anyone who could get away with it would charge that fee, if not across the board then pretty damn close to it.

So, having allowed universities to charge up to £9,000 per annum, why is the government now complaining that institutions are planning to charge as much as they can?  It's a bit like saying to an MP "you have a £50,000 expenses allowance, but you must not claim all of it".  It's just not going to happen.


  1. Can you give more details? For the Government to say that the maximum fee is £9000, but no more than £8000 can be charged, is like increasing the chocolate ration from 25g to 20g. It is not a sane use of language.



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