Wednesday, 8 December 2010

It's Not Just About Tuition Fees

With such a lot of attention being given to the planned hike in higher education tuition fees, the penny is just beginning to drop that the Lib Dem/Tory Coalition government's attack on education and young people goes much, much further.

Redlands' Jan Gavin highlights the scandalous and mean-spirited axing of the Education Maintenance Grants, which have proved vital life-lines for many poor families struggling to keep their children in school.

School Sports Partnership funds are also being abolished in their entirety, while thousands of youth careers advice staff have already lost their jobs since the coalition government came to power, at a time when one in five 16-24 year olds are unemployed.

A great summary of how the coalition cuts particularly hurt the young can be found here. Little wonder that more and more young people are becoming politicised and getting active on the streets.

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