Scottish government warned not to rule out tuition fees
Despite the fact that the Scottish government has promised a "unique solution to Scottish further education fees" the SNP has been warned not to rule out tuition fees north of the border. The warning comes from the UK government which has for many years operated at a disadvantage to its Scottish counterpart in relation to tuition fees. The tuition fee system was abolished in Scotland some time ago and indeed the country has benefited from a massive influx of students from all around the world.
If the SNP was forced to introduce tuition fees north of the border this would be a massive blow to the employment market which is already struggling to pull away from the recent recession. The truth is that even though tuition fees are not charged north of the border there is a charge to UK taxpayers with no such thing as a "free lunch". The subject of tuition fees in the UK has been a matter for debate over the last few weeks and is set to grab the headlines in the short to medium term.
Recently we saw Vince Cable step forward with a suggestion for a graduate tax which would see the abolishment of tuition fees and the introduction of a graduate tax which graduates would pay for the rest of their working lives. Whether this is fair or not is a matter which will be discussed in great detail in the short to medium term.
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MP's Second Home Allowances Come Under Scrutiny
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Airport Staff Call For Strike At Manchester Airport
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Tesco agrees to pay milk farmers more money
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