Angela Eagle MP, Labour’s Shadow First Secretary of State and Shadow Business Secretary, responding to yesterday’s vote on the scrapping of student maintenance grants for students from lower-income backgrounds, said:
“In spite of Labour’s attempt to halt the Tories’ plans in the House of Commons today, they have forced through these sweeping changes which will see students from the poorest backgrounds graduate with more debt than their better-off peers and do little to improve Government finances in the long-run.
“This change won't deliver fairness or sound public finances. Put simply the Tories have voted to hit students from the poorest background with an opportunity tax.
“The Tories’ assault on aspiration makes a mockery of their claim to be a ‘One Nation Party’ as instead of investing in future generations they are betraying students, and through this opportunity tax they’re pulling up the drawbridge for young people from less privileged backgrounds.”