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Tuesday 13th November 2012 | 15:24
SNP press release
The revelation that the cost of rocketing tuition fees south of the border has been identified as the biggest cause of the sharp rise in CPI inflation shows the damage the policy is doing to household budgets south of the border.
CPI inflation now stands at 2.7% compared to 2.2% in September, with the Office of National Statistics identifying university tuition fees as the main upward pressure. While maximum tuition fees south of the border have been increased to £9,000 a year by the Westminster Government, in Scotland the SNP has restored the principle of free education.
Commenting, SNP MSP Stewart Maxwell who convenes the Education and Culture Committee said:
“What these figures make clear is just how important the SNP’s policy of free education is to household budgets.
“The fact that tuition fees south of the border alone have been largely responsible for driving up inflation shows just how much damage the opposite policy is doing south of the border.
“People’s paycheques are being stretched further and further as the rising cost of education south of the border makes it harder and harder for households to cope.
“It is clearer than ever that sky-high tuition fees are damaging and wrong and instead of continuing down this path, Westminster should follow Scotland’s example and restore the principle of education based on the ability to learn, not the ability to pay.
“That is the right way forward and these latest inflation figures should act as a wakeup call to Westminster politicians who must now realise the folly of what they are doing.”