Posts Tagged ‘cuts’

On Tuesday 30th November, the House Of Commons had an Opposition Day debate on the tuition fees, with Labour tabling a motion requesting the Government to publish a white paper on its proposals and details of how it will affect the poorer students, which was voted down by 307 votes to 244. This is seen as a precursor to the main debate which is scheduled to take place on 20th December, although the voting figures on this can’t be used as a reliable indicator as many Lib Dem MPs voted no to this motion. The fact that this motion was voted down means that the Government will not need to publish any report on how their proposals will affect the entry levels of students planning to go to university. During the debate the Rt Hon Secretary of State for Business Vince Cable admitted that he has considered abstaining on the vote (on a policy which comes from his own department).

On Wednesday 1st December, during Prime Minister’s Questions, David Cameron gave an indication that he would consider a u-turn on Education Secretary Michael Gove’s School Sports Partnerships proposals – something which he admitted had caused concern at local levels.

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On Wednesday 3rd November the Coalition’s plans for university tuition fees were announced. From 2012 universities will be forced to rely on fees for course funding as opposed to state support, with a two-tier cap system being brought in. The cap will be set at £6000, with a second cap of £9000 for those universities that can show that they are supporting the poorer students in gaining a place at their university.

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Whilst the BBC are yet to confirm or deny this, it is pretty safe to say it is planned given that the BBC have, instead of saying yes or no, kept completely silent. Mark Thompson, Director General of the BBC, is set to make swingeing cuts to budgets at all levels as the Corporation look to save as much money as possible. This means the circa-£6million per year budgeted for 6Music is too much in his eyes.

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