V986 – Reduction of Tuition Fees Bill 2016 (Third Reading)

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V986 – Reduction of Tuition Fees Bill 2016 (Third Reading), TSR Labour Party, TSR Socialist Party

Reduction of Tuition Fees Bill 2016

An Act to reduce university tuition fees for Undergraduate degrees.

BE IT ENACTED by the Queen’s most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:—

1: Definitions
(1) Tuition Fees are the charge for instruction at a university.
(2) Undergraduate degrees are academic degrees taken by a person who has completed an undergraduate course.

2: Tuition Fees Reduction
(1) The maximum fee students will have to pay to take an Undergraduate degree will be £5,000. This figure will rise with CPI inflation.
(2) The Government will pay for this to be put into practice.
(3) People currently taking an undergraduate course will pay the new fee for the remainder of their course; it will not just apply to new students.
(4) People who started an undergraduate course in 2012 will back the new fee.

3: Exemptions
(1) Conversion courses or other extensions to that course will have to be paid for at the current price by the students.
(2) Postgraduate degrees will have to be paid for at the current price by the students.

4: Extent
(1) This Act extends to the United Kingdom.

5: Commencement
(1) The provisions of this Act come into force on the 1st of October 2017.

6: Short Title
(1) This Act may be cited as the Reduction of Tuition Fees Act 2016.


Notes

This bill aims to make sure the burden of tuition fees is limited. It acknowledges that in an increasingly competitive world, having a basic degree is essential in order to gain a highly-skilled job and students shouldn't be lumbered with a large debt for getting a degree.

Every student should be given the opportunity to go to university and finance shouldn't get in the way of that. At the moment, university students have to pay up to £9,000 a year on tuition. On top of this, students will have to pay for living costs which can be up to £7,750 in some areas. In addition to this, students may also have to pay for other necessities such as transport and food. Although tuition fees can be paid back slowly, they could still have an impact on people's finances. Previously, some students were entitled to government subsidies but these have now been scrapped, leaving many students deep in debt.

In Wales for example, the average degree costs just over £3,000. If students in this country are entitled to reduced university tuition, English students deserve to get a better deal too.

Putting this bill into practise will cost approximately £5.2bn.


Here are some links relating to tuition fees:
http://www.theguardian.com/commentis...free-education
http://publicuniversity.org.uk/wp-co...-Pamphlet-.pdf
http://www.newstatesman.com/politics...ing[/field]

Changes for the third reading:

- Costings have been adjusted.
- Added a new definition
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Yet again the costings are incorrect, it seems to be some form of Labour afliction and not unique to the former chancellor.
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I have decided to abstain.

I absolutely agree in principle but the costings here are wrong. The Government has plans for Tuition Fees so I am comfortable enough in that knowledge to abstain.
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I have decided to abstain.

I absolutely agree in principle but the costings here are wrong. The Government has plans for Tuition Fees so I am comfortable enough in that knowledge to abstain.
Agreed. :yep:
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I have decided to abstain.

I absolutely agree in principle but the costings here are wrong. The Government has plans for Tuition Fees so I am comfortable enough in that knowledge to abstain.
On second thoughts... if at all possible, I'd like to change how I voted to abstain on the basis of this information... I'm new around here and wasn't up-to-speed with the current affairs. Saracen's Fez - is this something you can do? (sorry!)
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On second thoughts... if at all possible, I'd like to change how I voted to abstain on the basis of this information... I'm new around here and wasn't up-to-speed with the current affairs. Saracen's Fez - is this something you can do? (sorry!)
I sure can.

Seat 32's vote has been changed from Aye to Abstain.
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*waits for the Nick Clegg comparisons*
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I have decided to abstain.

I absolutely agree in principle but the costings here are wrong. The Government has plans for Tuition Fees so I am comfortable enough in that knowledge to abstain.
Plans to raise them even more?
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I have decided to abstain.

I absolutely agree in principle but the costings here are wrong. The Government has plans for Tuition Fees so I am comfortable enough in that knowledge to abstain.
The Government may not be able to submit these changes under the GD until next term.
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The Government may not be able to submit these changes under the GD until next term.
We've seen that rule doesn't count any more

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We've seen that rule doesn't count any more

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It has at least some application, and different speakers interpret things differently.
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It has at least some application, and different speakers interpret things differently.
I think on the back of the identical bill twice in a term and a third related bill in the same terms, and allowance of resubmission of withdrawn items it's pretty safe

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Wahey! It worked today, I think. Abstain.

I'm still under the mindset that tuition fees are not the problem because most people don't pay them back anyway; but I've seen that a lot of people can't seem to understand that, so maybe this might encourage people.

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Wahey! It worked today, I think. Abstain.
It did. :yy:
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It did. :yy:
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