Ons Decisions: Student Loans

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:41 pm on 18th December 2018.

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Photo of Angela Smith Angela Smith Labour, Penistone and Stocksbridge 12:41 pm, 18th December 2018

The ONS decision will of course play into the Augar review and the future funding of students in higher education, but I do get sick and tired, every time we discuss this, of hearing the words “young people”. Students are not just young people who are studying full-time and aged 18 to 21. Part-time students have always paid their way and they have very little access to support, while the Open University is suffering really badly because of the current system. May we please have a commitment to ensure that the Augar review and the future funding of students takes care of part-time students and puts them on a level playing field?