With the Government all set to try and pass the latest in a series of bills to pave the way for top up fees, I ask:
Are you in favour of top up fees being introduced?
Let me know what you all think.
Hmm... I am in two minds about this: I want the bill to succeed so that the universities will get badly-needed funding, thought it would be still nowhere near enough, yet I want the bill to fail so that Tony Blair gets kicked out.
I am in agreement that there needs to be more funding, but I think greater links with industry and better links with alumni could be more actively encouraged.
Aren't there any plans proposed by the other parties to secure the necessary funding for Universities without introducing top-up fees?
Graduates in the future will be paying -
22% income tax
11% National Insurance
9% Graduate tax - thats 42% tax in total.
But when that graduate passes the 22% tax bracket (which does not make them by any means wealthy as more parents on middle incomes will verify) the income tax paid will rise to 60% of income!!
Now think again about whether you agree that future undergrads should be subjected to this when millionaires and politicians aint.
Do top-up fees still apply if you move abroad after University?
as much as i hate the conservatives they seem to have a clue on this, the policy to stop so many people going to uni - especially those who are wasting time and could do vocational training which could be done much better. less people at uni and funding through direct taxation is the best way.
I think that Bono could have been referring to two things:
1) Specifically next year will be far more competitive at Oxbridge, as people who would have taken deferred entry decide not to get caught up with top-up fees.
2) In the long run, Oxbridge will be charging far more than the other Universities and so academia will no longer suffice. It then comes down to who has the most money to spend on a course.
A few short points:
1) You're wrong - I have heard Howard actually say that words "The Tories will always oppose Top-Up Fees"
2) They have no official policies as the party is undergoing reconstruction after IDS's departure
3) It doesn't matter how many times Scottish Tories have voted this Parliament as the vast majority of it was taken up under IDS's rule NOT Howard's. Honestly!