160802 student maintenance grants Chomsky

Just in case you had forgotten how nasty the Conservative Party really is, George Osborne’s plan to put poor people who are intelligent into a lifetime of debt went into operation yesterday.

The plan was pushed through Parliament in January – not with a democratic vote of all MPs, but by a legislation committee.

This Blog described it at the time as “another Tory attack on democracy, on the poor, on aspiration and on choice”.

Students starting university courses in England will no longer be able to apply for grants towards living costs.

Under changes that came into effect on Monday, grants for students from low-income homes are replaced by loans.

Previously, students from families with annual incomes of £25,000 or less received a full grant of £3,387 a year.

The National Union of Students said the move was “disgraceful” and meant poorer students would be saddled with a lifetime of debt.

The switch from grants to maintenance loans was announced in July 2015 by the then Chancellor, George Osborne, in his Budget.

Source: Student grants replaced by loans – BBC News

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