The National Union of Students (NUS) is today responding to a speech made by the First Secretary of State Damian Green, which claimed the Conservative Party may need to review its stance on tuition fees and other policies in order to woo over young voters.
Green conceded that his party was failing to connect with younger voters and that there was a need for a national debate on the “huge issue” of tuition fees.
Students in higher education have bared the brunt of regressive education policies such as the slashing of maintenance grants and have been saddled with soaring levels of debt while further education students have also seen Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) scrapped and suffered ongoing college closures and mergers.
Amatey Doku, NUS Vice President (Higher Education) said: “It’s clear that the government is licking its wounds after the election and finally waking up to the realisation that when young people vote, we are a force to be reckoned with.
“While NUS welcomes plans for any political party to consider its policies and start listening to the needs of students and young people, we need actions and commitments, not words.”
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