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Reality Check

Reality Check

The claim: Cutting tuition fees for university students without changing anything else would make the system less progressive. Reality Check verdict: If no other parts of the system were changed, a simple cut in tuition fees would not help those lower-income graduates who would not repay their loans within 30 years and would help higher-income […]

Tuition fees: Theresa May challenges over-priced universities

Tuition fees: Theresa May challenges over-priced universities

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Theresa May’s review will consider the cost of tuition fees and repaying student debt The prime minister is to call for better value for students in England, admitting they face “one of the most expensive systems of university tuition in the world”. Theresa May will announce an independent review of […]

Behind the famous door

Behind the famous door

Image caption Former cabinet secretary Lord Armstrong thinks the current cabinet set-up is “terribly disorderly’ Frantic, frightening but “terrific fun” is how Robert Armstrong looks back at his time as the UK’s most powerful civil servant. He’s one of five former cabinet secretaries to speak to BBC Parliament about working inside No 10 Downing Street […]

'Everything depends on the UK red lines'

The European Parliament’s Brexit negotiator Guy Verhofstadt says that talks are dependent on the red lines already set by the UK government. Mr Verhofstadt told the BBC’s Andrew Marr programme that single market membership would be the “best solution” for British industry. Source link

Davidson defends UK government foreign aid commitment

Davidson defends UK government foreign aid commitment

Image copyright Halo Trust/ PA Defending the UK’s foreign aid budget has been made harder by the Oxfam scandal, Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson has said. In an interview on Peston on Sunday, she condemned charity workers who exploited the vulnerable people they were supposed to be helping. And she criticised the “arrogant” response of […]

Education Secretary calls for tuition fee 'variety'

Education Secretary calls for tuition fee 'variety'

Image copyright Alamy Image caption The level of fees and debt for students is going to be the subject of a major review More “variety” is needed in the price of university education, the secretary of state said ahead of a government review of the system. Damian Hinds also suggested tuition fees should reflect each […]

Rent-a-church spire plan to boost mobile phone coverage

Rent-a-church spire plan to boost mobile phone coverage

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Church of England has the third-largest rural estate in the country Church spires could be used to boost mobile and broadband coverage in rural areas under an agreement between the UK government and the Church of England. The government has committed to achieving good-quality mobile connectivity across the […]

MPs want Brexit fund for UK farmers

MPs want Brexit fund for UK farmers

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Sheep meat exports to the EU could be subject to high tariffs if their is no UK-EU Brexit deal MPs scrutinising the government’s plans for the agriculture industry after Brexit want funding for farmers when EU subsidies end, they said in a report. Without an EU-UK trade deal, farm […]

Attacks are out of proportion, says Oxfam's Mark Goldring

Attacks are out of proportion, says Oxfam's Mark Goldring

Image copyright European Photopress Agency Image caption The Oxfam Charity”s CEO Mark Goldring (l) and Chair Caroline Thomson (r) leave the Department for International Development Oxfam’s chief executive, Mark Goldring, has said the scale and intensity of the criticism against his organisation in the wake of claims its workers used prostitutes in Haiti is out […]

Pro-Corbyn group accused of blocking NEC officer vote

Pro-Corbyn group accused of blocking NEC officer vote

Image copyright Getty Images A row has broken out at Labour’s National Policy Forum (NPF) gathering after a vote to elect a new chair was cancelled. The winner of the election, expected to have been Ann Black, would have joined the eight-strong group of “(core) officers” within Labour’s National Executive Committee (NEC), which is considered […]

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