Fees, loans and debt – context for the national conversation

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Labour’s promises to abolish tuition fees (and forgive loans for graduates) have been credited in some quarters as leading to an increase in turn-out amongst young people at the election, and a consequent increase in the Labour vote. The “national conversation” is being pursued actively in all the media by politicians and commentators.  So how did we get to this point?

The government’s electoral problem -are tuition fees the key to why the government lost its majority?

Did young people turn out in massively increased numbers as claimed immediately after the election? Some suggested a turn out figure above 70%.

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