University tuition fees should be scrapped entirely, says the Labour lord who helped to introduce them.Read the full story ›
Find out who has pledged to scrap them, whose plan will see them rise and which party believes only "able students" should not have to pay.Read the full story ›
Labour said the pledge to scrap tuition fees is "the right thing to do" as the party makes a late plea to students to register to vote.Read the full story ›
Students will be able to secure a degree within two years instead of three but the cost could be as much as £13,500 a year.Read the full story ›
The report also said that many graduates do not even see a 'earnings premium' from their years at university.Read the full story ›
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."