Opportunists will try to lay it all at the door of Brexit. But the truth is more complex – not least given rising wages and the knock-on effects of Trump’s tax cuts.
In his second piece on Higher Education, the former Universities Minister looks at how they might be tweaked – and why the alternatives are reactionary, expensive or both.
Economically, it could be transformational, as it has been in Norway, which established its fund back in the early 1990s. It is now worth over a trillion dollars.
A less bureaucratic approach will ease hardship and bring more money in. But the Government also needs to ensure equal rules apply for all that are owed money.
It continues to clear the deficit, prepare for Brexit, and back our businesses with the support they need to boost productivity.
The Shadow Chancellor doesn’t know the current cost of debt interest.
Hammond’s plan – from abolishing Stamp Duty for most first-time buyers, through to reforms to help Universal Credit recipients.
Let’s have Policy Board outside of the constraints of the Government machine – and a commission on what Britain should look like post-Brexit.
Letting disagreements about Brexit leak into the Budget’s treatment could deal the Government irreparable damage – and voters much harm.
The Social Market Foundation isn’t tied to any party. We’re centrists – our advice and ideas on offer to anyone who wants to put common sense ahead of ideology.
Young people eat out, often several times a week – my fiancée and I could only afford to eat out once a month at most. They are also better paid, absolutely and relatively.
The simultaneous creation and collapse of a new force has been written off an establishment failure. The truth is more interesting.
Not only would many borrowers feel pain, but the Opposition might well be tempted to seize the chance to pile on the pressure.
We need to look at the write-off threshold more than the repayment threshold or bottom line fees to make a difference that young graduates can relate to.
Our take is that what matters to students at least as much as their finances in the future is their finances now. Miinisters should mull a universal maintenance loan.