House of Lords approves student fee rise

LONDON Wed Dec 15, 2010 3:37am GMT

A demonstrator holds a banner during a protest in Westminster in central London December 9, 2010. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth

A demonstrator holds a banner during a protest in Westminster in central London December 9, 2010.

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LONDON (Reuters) - The House of Lords on Tuesday approved government plans to nearly triple tuition fees paid by university students.

The unelected assembly voted to raise student fees at English universities to a maximum of 9,000 pounds a year, backing a decision taken by the House of Commons last week.

Peers rejected Labour amendments which would have sent the plans back to the lower house for redrafting.

The decision to shift the burden of paying for university tuition from the state to students is part of broader government efforts to cut government spending by 19 percent over the next four years.

The measures have led to protests by students across England. Last week young demonstrators rioted around parliament in London as MPs debated the plans in the Commons, and attacked a car carrying Prince Charles.

The popularity of the Liberal Democrats has slumped since some of their MPs broke a pre-election pledge to oppose a rise in fees and voted for the increase with their Conservative allies.

(Reporting by Tim Castle, editing by Tim Pearce)

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oldguey wrote:
I am not that familiar with higher education in GB, except that it is pretty good. I am familiar with higher education in the States which is equally good. The new costs imposed by the House of Lords is not out of line with the average students pay in the States which can go as high as 32,000 BP. While state and Federal government contribute heavily, many students can take advantage of numerous, privately funded scholarships to help defer costs. There is also government scholarships and subsidies. All these are competitive and depend on need and performance.
I can understand why British students are upset. They are discovering that a socialised state can not long afford the give-aways it promises. However, once you give candy to a child, it’s very difficult to take it away.
I hope this lesson will be a reminder that when people demand something they must consider the eventual consequences.

Dec 15, 2010 7:41pm GMT  --  Report as abuse
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