Why the Conservatives' new tuition fee policy is even more regressive than Labour's

Since the general election, the Tories have been floundering to find a way to get 18 to 24-year-olds to vote for them. In policy terms, this means leaning heavily on ideas around housing, and tuition fees. This seems like a direct reaction to Labour’s strengths during the election. Recent YouGov polling showed the voting intent of 18 to 24-year-olds, and whom they trusted on a series of issues, including housing and education, as well as immigration, unemployment, and the NHS.


Housing and education show some of the largest gaps between the government and Labour, so it makes sense that the Tories would try to make up for a great deal of lost ground in those areas. Their solution? Freezing tuition fees at £9,250. While some might think this is a real solution, in reality it is a regressive policy, and a misguided political move.


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