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Word on the Street: Should university tuition fees be frozen?

PUBLISHED: 17:19 02 October 2017 | UPDATED: 09:16 03 October 2017

Theresa May has frozen university tuition fees. Picture: STEFAN ROUSSEAU/PA WIRE/ PA IMAGES

Theresa May has frozen university tuition fees. Picture: STEFAN ROUSSEAU/PA WIRE/ PA IMAGES

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Theresa May has said she has listened to her voters and will freeze university tuition fees at £9,250. We asked people on the Ipswich Waterfront what they thought about the prime minister’s decision.

Tuition fees were set to increase by £250 for 2018-19, making them £9,500 a year.

This will no longer go ahead and fees will remain at the current price of £9,250.

Currently graduates start paying back their loans once they earn £21,000 a year, but Mrs May wants to raise the fee repayment threshold to £25,000.

In addition to this, the whole student finance system will be reviewed – graduate tax was not ruled out.

Labour’s shadow education secretary Angela Rayner has described the plans as “desperate”.

She said: “A desperate attempt by the Tories to kick the issue into the long grass because they have no plans for young people and no ideas for our country.”

The Labour party want to scrap tuition fees altogether.

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