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

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 - Credit: PA Wire/PA Images

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.”

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The Labour party want to scrap tuition fees altogether.

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