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What do students want from the government in 2015?
It seemed like the government was giving students an early Christmas present last month, when George Osborne announced the introduction of a postgraduate loan system. Of course, it’s a Christmas present that’ll help just a fraction of the student population - and it’s one they’ll have to pay back, with interest.
With lots of talk about the power of the youth vote in the run-up to May’s general election, politicians should be wondering what political gifts the rest of the student population would value. Here’s what students have told me is on their wishlists:
Cheaper housing Benedict Churchus, a student at the University of Birmingham, wants rent control on student houses. “So much of people’s loans doesn’t go on living, but rather on just having a house,” he says.
“University tuition fees are bearable because the student loan pays for them directly. The bigger problem is day-to-day living. I feel like I get a bit ripped off. In Birmingham, it seems there are several big companies that thrive on student rent.”
Churchus wants a student rent package to be introduced that would include fixed prices for rent and utility costs, making housing more affordable...