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Claims that interest on student loans "scandalous"

Interest charges can mean the debt is higher than expected

Student loans have been in the news headlines after the Labour Party released more details of its plans to scrap university tuition fees starting from September 2017, should the party win the General Election in June.

Meanwhile an ITV Meridian investigation reveals that the sum of debt owed by students could be a lot higher than they initially think - because of interest charges which start from the day the loan begins.

This is the first of two special reports from our Social Affairs Correspondent Christine Alsford.

The report contain interviews with: Estelle Clarke, campaigner and expert; Tom Woolf, Founder of EdAid; Jessie Hamil-Stewart, a first year student; and David Tyler, a Financial Advisor. There is also footage from a Student Loan information film.

Retired nurse says more social care help is needed

An 82-year-old nurse from Eastbourne says she's glad that social care has become the main issue this week.

Shirley McCall questioned politicians on Thursday at the ITV Party Leaders' debate.

She relies on carers to help her get dressed and to make her meals. But she says so many people - are not given the help they need.

Sarah Saunders' report includes footage of the ITV Party Leaders' debate, including the leader of Ukip, Paul Nuttall; the co-leader of the Green Party, Caroline Lucas; and the leader of the Liberal Democrats, Tim Farron. Along with a speech from the prime minister, Theresa May and leader of the Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn.

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