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The student loans scheme is unsustainable

By Richard Lambert   May 2013

It’s a subject that won’t go away, no matter how much the politicians would like it to. Ten years ago, the Labour government hit big trouble when it tore up a manifesto commitment not to introduce university top-up fees. The Liberal Democrats have yet to recover from the even bigger U-turn that followed their manifesto promise in 2010 to abolish fees altogether. And the next government, whatever…

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