Education is a collective good that benefits all of us. But not everyone in our country has equal access to education.
When Labour left office 71% of university students had gone to state school – last year that number had fallen to 62%. Young people from less well-off backgrounds are being locked out of education by the Tory government who have abolished Education Maintenance Allowance, abolished student grants and trebled tuition fees.
Today, the Labour Party announced that we will restore EMA and student grants. We will create the educated and skilled workforce that Britain needs and we will ensure that no one and no community is left behind.
Labour’s Shadow Education Secretary Angela Rayner said, “It is only by investing in education that we can ensure that all of our young people, whatever their background, are able to succeed in whatever they aspire to.
When we can help improve the education of over a million young people with a small increase in corporation tax, it is an investment we would be foolish not to make.”