student pledge

Green Party pledges to scrap tuition fees and bring back maintenance grants

The Green Party will announce three policies aimed at students at an event in Sheffield today (April 26).

Co-leader Jonathan Bartley and deputy leader Amelia Womack will make a series of commitments to students during a visit to the University of Sheffield. They will be joined by students, members of the Young Greens and Natalie Bennett, candidate for Sheffield Central.

The Green Party will pledge to:

  • Scrap tuition fees

  • Reinstate maintenance grants

  • Continue the Erasmus programme and match EU funding for universities with a UK equivalent after Brexit

Ahead of the announcement, Bartley said:

“The Green Party is the only party standing up for students and putting young people at the heart of its campaign. Education is a right not a commodity to be bought and sold, and we need a level playing field so everyone has the chance to go to university or college. 

“Students need a life raft in the Brexit storm. They are being ignored in the Brexit negotiations, despite having the most to lose. Funding for our universities is under unprecedented threat. The Green Party will not let young people miss out on opportunities to study, travel and work across Europe because of a decision that they so emphatically voted against.   

“Building a better future for young people is an absolute priority and today we are committing to policies that will help us work towards an open, fairer society where everyone has the chance to succeed.”

Eleanor Field, Bath’s only challenger to Ben Howlett added, “This is a firm commitment to the young people of Bath and the surrounding area. We are committed to supporting young people through this challenging time and I am proud to be a part of a party that listens to their concerns. Responds to their concerns and pledges to act on their concerns.”

“Tomorrow, I will be meeting with Jonathan Bartley in Bath and visiting several locations where residents’ concerns have been ignored.”