Commenting on the publication of the Augar Review into the future of post-18 education, UNISON’s head of education Jon Richards said:
“All too often, the focus falls on the university sector to the exclusion of other vital areas, so the proposals to increase further education funding and support for colleges are to be welcomed.
“Lowering fees for HE must be accompanied by further government funding to make up the gap that will hit universities that provide the more expensive science and medicine courses.
“Lengthening the period of loans will also deepen the misery for many students, saddling them with a lifetime of debt, and with no reduction in the punishing interest rates, that financial burden will continue to build.
“Ultimately the Brexit impasse, which is stalling so many important areas of policy, means this detailed, well-researched review is doomed to sit in a pile with many other reports. The points that fit the government’s agenda will be welcomed but everything else will no doubt carry on as before.”
Notes to editors:
– UNISON is the UK’s largest union, with more than 1.3 million members providing public services – in education, local government, the NHS, police service and energy. They are employed in both the public and private sectors.