Shadow Chancellor told thousands at rally that the government had 'betrayed' them on tuition fees and plan to ace maintenance grants.Read the full story ›
Labour is planning to slash university tuition fees by at least £3,000 a year, according to The Sunday Times (£).
Labour leader Ed Miliband is expected to pledge he will cut the £9,000 maximum fee, which sparked riots when it was being debated in 2010, to £6,000.
He is also studying a more far-reaching overhaul of tuition fees being proposed by John Denham, the former universities secretary, that would see maximum fees fall to £4,000.
In addition, Miliband will leave the way open for the whole system of tuition fees to be scrapped later and replaced by a tax on graduates, which supporters see as a fair way of stopping students running up huge debts.
Labour leader Ed Miliband has said he is seeking to make a "radical offer" on student tuition fees.Read the full story ›
There's been a surprisingly sharp drop in inflation this morning.
Prices rose by 2.2 per cent in October, down from 2.7 per cent the month before and well below economists' expectations.
The main reasons were a sharp fall in transport costs, mainly motor fuels (for example a drop of 4.9p in petrol in October), and tuition fees.
The latter of these is a mathematical quirk: education costs rose 8 per cent but this was half the rate they were rising a year ago so the comparison contributes to a lower overall inflation figure.
Prices have been rising ahead of wages for years now. It's likely that that trend will be reversed some time next year but today's easing of inflation may bring the end of the squeeze on incomes a little closer.
Scottish Lib Dem MP Jo Swinson has responded to an apology made by the Deputy Prime Minister over pledges to scrap tuition fees. Ms Swinson said the party's mistake had been to make a pledge they could only keep if governing alone. She told Sky News:
"The problem with this particular pledge, and what made it different, was it committed us to vote in a particular way regardless of what happened with the election result. That's what we should not have done."
Sheffield Children's NHS Foundation Trust has responded to the Deputy Prime Minister's pledge to donate all proceedings from a spoof single to be released to their charity. Nick Clegg gave permission for a satirical site to release a remix of the apology as a single.
Liberal Democrat MP Greg Mulholland has welcomed an apology from his party leader over his pledge to reduce tuition fees. Mr Mulholland was one of 21 Liberal Democrat MPs who defied party whips to vote against the rise in tuition fees in the Commons. He said:
I welcome Nick's apology for what was a mistake. This took courage and I hope people give him credit for saying that publicly.
Let's be clear that what we now have is basically a capped graduate tax, which is fairer and more progressive than Labour's upfront fees.
The real tragedy was failing to implement this properly, with no fees, which would have meant no breaking of the NUS pledge.
Nick Clegg has allowed a satirical site to release a musical version of his apology over his pledge to oppose an increase in tuition feesRead the full story ›
A satrical site responsible for creating an auto-tune remix of the Deputy Prime Minister's tuition fees apology has responded after Nick Clegg granted them permission to release it as a single with the profits going to charity:
The Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has allowed the satirical site the Poke to release an auto-tune musical version of his apology over his pledge to oppose an increase in student tuition fees after it went viral.
All proceeds will got the Sheffield Children's Hospital: