Ed Miliband has confirmed that if elected, Labour will cut tuition fees in England to £6,000 from autumn 2006.
Promising the policy would be non-negotiable in the event of a coalition, Miliband explained that the fee cut would be funded by reducing tax relief on pensions for those earning more than £150,000 per year.
Speaking in Leeds, at the College of Music, Mr Miliband said that the higher fees has been a “betrayal of an entire generation”, as students struggled with average debts of $44,000. He added that Nick Clegg’s broken promise to abolish university fees caused young people to doubt anyone in politics can be trusted.
“I made you a promise on tuition fees. I will keep my promise,” Miliband vowed.
Non-repayable maintenance grants would also be extended by £400 per year for families with a total income below £42,000, to help…
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