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Tuition fee cuts would come into force next September

Ed Miliband has said a £3,000 cut to university tuition fees would come into force in September 2016 if Labour are elected.

He told supporters it would will benefit not only those starting degree courses next year, but "those already at university" and slash an average of around £9,000 off each student's debt.

Mr Miliband also said that maintenance grants will be raised by £400 a year, and that Labour is "determined" to help students with their living costs.

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Miliband pledges to cut university tuition fees to £6,000

Labour leader Ed Miliband. Credit: pool

Ed Miliband has pledged to cut university tuition fees from £9,00 a year to £6,000.

The Labour leader said if the party were voted in at the General Election they would make life better for young people.

He also pledged to offer:

  • 25 hours of free childcare for every child aged three and four
  • Lower class sizes for five, six and seven-year-olds to 30 or under
  • Guaranteed apprenticeships for teenagers if they get the grades at 18

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Sarah Champion: We need more help from the government on Rotherham

Sarah Champion has called on the government for more support in Rotherham in the aftermath of the child abuse scandal.

In a 5-point plan, Ms Champion outlined the support she wants from the government Credit: Press Association

Child Sexual Exploitation is an issue that has affected thousands of people’s lives yet the Government is still not giving it anywhere near enough recognition.

We are yet to see meaningful funding which will go any way to providing better support for victims and survivors and more charges brought against perpetrators.

We’ve had enough warm words and it is now time for action.

– Sarah Champion MP, Rotherham

In a 5-point plan, Ms Champion outlined the support she wants from the government

  • To establish a national task force to combat organised CSE
  • Mandatory PHSE to Key Stage 1 children teaching them about healthy relationships
  • To make it mandatory that anyone employed to work with children has training in spotting the signs of child abuse and how to report concerns.
  • For the Government to make it clear that there will be penalties if health, education, local authorities and the police do not share information to prevent child abuse.
  • To create a culture where victims of child abuse are believed

It appears that in many ways we have been left to fend for ourselves. Yes, we have seen funding given by Eric Pickles today, but at the risk of sounding ungrateful, this is just a drop in the ocean.

We need to see long term investment both in Rotherham and across the country to prevent this horrendous crime and to support those who are victims of it

– Sarah Champion MP, Rotherham

Cold homes 'could kill 11,000 in region by 2030'

Almost eleven thousand vulnerable people in Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire could die in the next fifteen years because they're unable to heat their homes.

The charity National Energy Action's released figures warning about the threat to vulnerable people from cold homes Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

That's the stark warning from the charity National Energy Action says domestic energy consumers are being hit hard by Treasury energy taxes. They're calling on politicians to address the issue as a matter of priority ahead of the general election.

Government figures show there are currently 4.5 million households which are unable to properly heat their homes across the country.

  • In Yorkshire and The Humber, 244850 households (10.8%) live in fuel poverty.
  • NEA believes that of the 3000 'excess winter deaths' in Yorkshire and The Humber every year, 30% of these were attributed to cold homes.
  • Fuel poor households in Yorkshire and The Humber typically need to pay£440 more than their more affluent neighbours to sustain a warm home.
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