“The SNP will never introduce tuition fees, either upfront or via the back door. Going to university should be based on ability to learn not ability to pay”, said Stuart McMillan – SNP candidate for Greenock & Inverclyde, commenting on the Tories plans to bring back tuition fees.
The SNP today re-affirmed the party’s commitment to free education as Tory plans to tax students £6000 for a degree were exposed.
Analysis of the Tories plans to hit students with a tuition tax shows that the plan would raise next to nothing in the next parliament, but risks putting students off going to university and would end the principle of free education.
The analysis shows that instead of raise £100m over the parliament as the Tories originally claimed, it could bring in as little as £200,000.
A re-elected SNP Government will continue to protect free higher education.
Stuart McMillan added:
“This scheme is less about funding universities and colleges and more about the Tories’ ideological obsession with introducing fees.
“It will raise almost nothing in the next five years but what it will do is put poorer kids off going to university.
“Since the old back-door fees were abolished, the number of graduates from poorer backgrounds has risen by almost a third. That would be at serious risk if the Tories had their way.”