Michael Gove mounts defence of university tuition fees
Michael Gove has launched a strong defense of university fees, with the argument that graduates must “pay something”, after the close ally of Theresa May Damian Green called for a debate on the issue.
Gove, who was taken back into the cabinet as Environment Secretary in the modest post-election reshuffle, said the burden of graduates was the fairest way to ensure that universities have sufficient resources.
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“If we have to pay for higher education, and if the people who receive university degrees are still winning like that, they must pay something, this is what the current system,” he said. “It’s a mistake if people who do not go to college find out they have to pay more taxes to support those who do.”
The abolition of the burden of more than £ 9,000 per year for college students has become a war cry for Labor Jeremy Corbyn during the general election campaign and is widely considered to have helped to strengthen support for younger voters.
At a conference in London on Saturday, Green, who, as the first secretary of state, is actually MP May, said that it was one of the problems that the party should carefully consider learning the lessons the result of the election .
However, University Counselor Jo Johnson was one of those who responded by defending the current system.
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And speaking of the BBC’s Andrew Marr series, Gove said “I fundamentally believe that the goal of government policy is to support everyone else, and if you do not get a college education, you should no longer support paid those who do “.
The Environment Secretary also suggested he was in favor of ending the 1% ceiling for public sector workers, saying that the government should pay attention to the boards of public sector wage rating agencies.
Some of the eight salary review bodies have already begun issuing warnings about hiring and retention problems, if the ceiling persists, as currently provided by the Treasury, to 2019-2020.
They give advice in the context of government policy, having the 1% ceiling, but Gove said “they take that into account, but they also take into account other issues.”
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He said: “These compensation assessment bodies have been put in place to ensure that we can have expert advice on what is required to ensure that the public services we depend on are actually equipped staff and people who Are compatible with them effectively. ”
A growing number of ministers, including Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt and Education Secretary Justine Greening urging the Chancellor to have more funds available in the autumn budget to raise the ceiling.
Gove also defended the agreement with the Conservative Democratic Union Party of Northern Ireland to bolster the May minority government at a cost of over £ 1 billion in additional investments.
“The reason we are investing in Northern Ireland – and not just the DUP voters, these are all the people in Northern Ireland who receive this additional investment – is that the unique problems are emerging from disorders in Ireland,” he said.
He said it was unfair to the people of Northern Ireland to characterize the payment as “stuffy.”
Gove also stressed that some aspects of the agreement would benefit voters across the UK, underlining the maintenance of the triple-locking pension. A Tory manifesto promised to remove it, was abandoned at the request of the DUP.
Pressed on how the extra money would be found, he said: “It comes as the money from all the other taxpayers comes, you and me, and other people who work.”