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.
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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Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin will announce improvements to trains in the North today, promising "more seats, more services and a brand new fleet of trains"
Improving rail links in the region has been much anticipated. These old trains have been rattling across rails in the North for over 30 years; a constant source of complaint which have held the region back.
Modernising rail in the North will encourage business, boost tourism and give commuters the journey they deserve; one that is fit for a 21st century metropolis.
The government has said it will make the following changes to trains in the North.
- replace outdated Pacer trains and introduce a brand new fleet of modern trains
- tackle crowding
- invest in stations
- accommodate over 19,000 more commuters in Manchester during the morning peak
- add over 200 new train services every day across both franchises
- provide over one-third more capacity across both franchises
- introduce free Wi-Fi
Unlike the last Northern franchise in 2004, which included limited plans to invest in services or meet demand, this deal will maintain investment and grow to fit the needs of passengers for years to come.
Together with the £1 billion investment we are making to improve the region’s railways and our plans to link east and west through HS3, our railways are making the region an economic powerhouse.
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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.
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.
The consultation process for an improvement scheme in Lincoln will begin today. There are proposals for Lindongate to have a new public transport interchange as well as and an improvement to the Cornhill Quarter.
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Labour leader Ed Miliband will be discussing Labour's 'Youth Pledge' on a visit to our region today.
The pledge will outline the party's youth policies, which includes their stance on tuition fees.
He'll be joined on his visit to Leeds by Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls.
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