6 promises Labour is making to students
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Throughout a series of articles The National Student is covering what each major party is promising to young people in this general election. In this installment the focus is on Labour, and their key policies and promises affecting students as set out in their manifesto. (Read about the Green Party's promises here, and look out for pieces outlining promises from the other political parties in the coming days.) 1. Higher Education The key Labour promise to students is one that will make a significant financial difference, by not only abolishing tuition fees but also reintroducing the maintenance grants which have been removed under the Conservative government. In a move titled “every child – and adult – matters” Labour promises to create an National Education Service (NES) which will be the 21st Century equivalent of the NHS in terms of creating fairness within society by stopping the average graduate owing £44,000 when they leave university, and instead starting their working living debt free. 2. Further Education As well as promising improvements in the finances of university students, Labour’s manifesto also promises to help those in further education, including college students and those in apprenticeships. They pledge to bring back the Educational Maintenance Allowance (EMA), also scrapped by the Conservative government, which helps students from low-income families stay in education, as well as introducing free, lifelong education to allow anyone of any age to upskill or retrain.
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