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We are really pleased to give you an update on our ‘No to FE Fees campaign’.
Following a recent meeting with Vince Cable, Business Secretary we understand that government are seriously
considering entirely scrapping 24+ Advanced Learner Loans for apprentices. You can see the FE Week write up here
This is a hugely positive development, and owes a great deal to all of the incredible work that students’
unions right up and down the country have undertaken over the last two years. Since achieving [feweek.co.uk/2012/07/12/hayes-announces-concessions-on-24-advanced-learning-loans/]significant
concessions on the original proposals for FE Fees the ‘No to FE fees’ campaign has particularly focused on the apprenticeships aspect, so this really is a credit
to your work.
The fact that government are considering such a major concession so soon into the introduction of the system
shows what we have all always said – the system was not only appalling in taking opportunities away from many of the least advantaged, it also doesn’t make any economic sense. Like so many of the government’s policies, it is the pursuit of ideology at the
expense of any basic common sense, as well as being vicious in terms of it’s impact on the poorest in our society.
We all need to keep arguing ‘no to FE fees’, for apprenticeships and indeed against the entire system until
it is scrapped. We will circulate information as soon as we have it including next steps for the campaign, and it will be really important that we strongly make the case for getting rid of the system as a matter of priority.
For now, please tweet at Vince Cable – we’ve drafted some possible tweets as below:
Congratulations on all your work so far, and let’s keep fighting!
Toni and Joe
Vice President (Further Education)
Macadam House, 275 Gray's Inn Road, London WC1X 8QB