Labour’s Sarah Champion says writing off student debt impossible
At the election Labour promised to get rid of tuition fees. But in an interview with the NME Jeremy Corbyn also floated the prospect of Labour writing off some tuition fee debts. He did not make a firm promise, but he said he would look at this issue and that he wanted to “deal with it”. He said:
“Yes, there is a block of those that currently have a massive debt, and I’m looking at ways we could reduce that, ameliorate that, lengthen the period of paying it off, or some other means of reducing the debt burden.
I don’t have the simple answer for it at this stage. I don’t think anybody would expect me to, because this election was called unexpectedly.
We had two weeks to prepare all of this – but I’m very well aware of that problem.
And I don’t see why those that had the historical misfortune to be at university during the £9,000 period should be burdened excessively compared to those that went before or those that come after. I will deal with it.”
Over the last week or so the Tories have been treating that as a firm promise, and attacking it as implausible or unaffordable.
On the Daily Politics a moment ago Sarah Champion, the shadow minister for women and equalities, said writing off student debt would not happen. She said:
“I don’t think it is going to be possible, to be quite honest. How do you square it with people who have already paid off their debt, for example.”
Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/politics/blog/live/2017/jul/19/pmqs-theresa-may-jeremy-corbyn-brexit-eu-wants-to-make-brexit-a-catastrophe-for-uk-says-senior-german-mep-politics-live?page=with:block-596f3cc3e4b01ec8540481f5#liveblog-navigation
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And on Daily Politics:
…Defence minister Tobias Ellwood and shadow secretary of state for women and equalities Sarah Champion join Andrew Neil and Jo Coburn throughout the programme. As well as full coverage and analysis of the last PMQs of the term they look at…