Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

Fairness and Loans

Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

Fairness and Loans

Article excerpt

The feature "Red alert" (27 September) considered the financial model underpinning the new tuition fees regime but questions must also be asked about "fairness" and the political sustainability of the new system.

Ministers are of course broadly right - it is fairer and more progressive for the least well-off graduates to pay the least or nothing at all, and the Institute for Fiscal Studies and others have supported that view.

But any state subsidy will ultimately be subjected to the public's assessments of the "deserving" and the "undeserving" poor. In today's political language, this is more likely to be described as being the difference between those who work hard and play by the rules and those who do not work hard and play the system. Into this debate comes the hardening of attitudes to benefits recipients reported in the British Social Attitudes Survey - as a society we seem to be less tolerant of those receiving benefits (or subsidies) than we used to be. …

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