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The decision to start the sale process for the student loan book (set out in Written Statement HCWS458) was based on a robust and comprehensive assessment of the market which showed that it has a good prospect of achieving value for money.
An in-depth market testing exercise suggested there was strong interest in this type of long-term, inflation-linked asset. Conditions in the equity and debt markets remain strong.
The Government will continue to monitor market conditions carefully to ensure we get a fair price and secure value for money for taxpayers.