Because 71% are paying more using these figures and I will mention yet again that these figures are not set in stone but rely on a lot of assumptions.
However, the NUS proposals involved taking more money from graduates. Hence it is clear that the pledge is not intended to freeze the amount of money taken from graduates.
The pledge was basically one not to increase the amount of money taken from students/graduates until the system was a fairer one.
That is how I interpreted it on signing. That is how I interpret it now.
Of course John.
Problem is that your signing of the pledge also has to be read in the context of the manifesto your party produced before the election and that you as a member of that party presumably stood on:
University is getting more and more expensive. To get a degree, young people are saddled with
thousands of pounds of debt when it is already tough enough to get a job, get on the housing ladder and
make ends meet. The grant and bursary system is incredibly complex and money is unfairly distributed.
That is why Liberal Democrats are committed to scrapping tuition fees and have a financially responsible
plan to phase them out over six years. We are the only party which believes university education should
be free and admissions based on ability not bank balance. We will therefore also abolish fees for part-time
students studying for a first undergraduate level degree. This does not mean that universities will lose
funding, as the income they currently receive as a result of fees will continue to be paid by the government.
In our first year in Government, no student in their final year would have to pay fees, meaning future
graduates will have their fee debt slashed by over £3k. By the end of a Parliament, only first years would
have to pay fees – and these would be scrapped in the sixth year of a Liberal Democrat Government.
We are also opposed to raising the cap on tuition fees
I'm not sure how exactly you square this with your belief that you were not going to increase the amount of money taken from students/graduates until the system was a fairer one - but I'm sure you will try.