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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 1:19 pm on 21st January 2021.

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Photo of Daisy Cooper Daisy Cooper Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Education) 1:19 pm, 21st January 2021

The rapidly changing workplace makes it vital that people can acquire new skills throughout their lifetime. However, we know that mature students are more averse to taking on debt, and they are often unable to take on long-term repayments if those repayments take them up to retirement. Instead of introducing a lifetime loan entitlement, will the Secretary of State look at introducing a lifetime grant, similar to the Liberal Democrat idea of a skills wallet, which would give every person up to £10,000 to spend on education and training throughout their lifetime?