Tuition fees would be abolished

Alistair Craig, Parliamentary Spokesman for Greenwich & Woolwich, this week announced that a future Conservative government will abolish university tuition fees and restore free higher education.  Conservatives' radical plans will boost higher education funding, scrap tuition fees, reduce student debt and provide for an extra £21 billion investment in universities.

This would save students and their families across Greenwich & Woolwich up to £3,000 a year each when the Labour Government introduces its planned top-up fees.  Across the Borough of Greenwich, there are an estimated 9,726 full time students aged 18 or over who might benefit from this policy, and another 4,160 aged 16-17, many of whom may soon go to university.

Alistair Craig explained:"Labour betrayed students by breaking their promises at two general elections not to introduce fees.  They have let down hard-working families across Greenwich & Woolwich, leaving young people with huge debts when they start work.  Labour's interference in admissions has universities tied up in red tape.

"This Government claims that it is giving money to poorer students, but it is taking it straight back through soaring fees.  Under a Conservative Government there will be lower student debt and grants for poorer

Under proposals to restore free access to higher education, tuition and top-up fees will be abolished, with students instead paying a commercial rate of interest of around 6.5% on loans.  Grants will be retained for poorer students.

Alistair continued: "Labour have broken their promise and scrapped free higher education.  We will keep our promise and will restore free higher education".