Ministers 'sneak out' university fees hike: Details of increase that will affect 500,000 students put on obscure government website with no notice

The latest stage of a controversial rise in university tuition fees to £9,250 a year in England has been 'sneaked out' to avoid debate, critics claimed last night. Details of the increase, affecting more than 500,000 students, were put on an obscure government website last week without any announcement from the Department for Education. The move was condemned by Labour and Liberal Democrat MPs, who said the DfE was trying to avoid public scrutiny. Universities minister Jo Johnson announced in July that tuition fees would rise to £9,250 a year from next autumn and the increase could apply to students who have already started courses. The latest stage of a rise in university tuition fees to £9,250 a year in England has been 'sneaked out' to avoid debate, critics claimed. Details of the increase, affecting more than 500,000 students, were put on an obscure government website last week without any announcement from the Department for Education. Above, students in a tuition fee protest But the formal regulations enabling the introduction of higher fees were published last Thursday without being placed in the announcements section of the DfE's website that issues 'alerts' to interested parties. The BBC's education website revealed last night that they...

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