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UCU Raises Concerns at Governments Proposal to Widen Student Loan System in Further Education to 19-23 Year Olds

June 19, 2014



LONDON, June 19 -- The University and College Union issued the following news:

UCU general secretary, Sally Hunt said, 'We will be studying these proposals in detail and responding formally to the consultation announced today by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. My first reaction, though, is one of great concern at any additional financial burden being placed on students. Ever since 24+ Advanced Learning Loans were introduced, the sector has feared that it was the 'thin end of the wedge' and now, it seems, we were right.

'The government should be doing everything in its power to make education more appealing, and encouraging more young people to take up new training in order to gain qualifications and skills for their future. We need more help for students, not more debt.'

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