Gordon Brown on the student protests

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From an interview in The Guardian:

Brown has sympathy for the students protesting against the government’s decision to raise fees and cut maintenance allowances. “Of course I understand why they are doing it,” he says. “Educational opportunity is the key to the future, yet 2,000 people were turned away from my local college, despite having the qualifications, because grant support is being cut.”

As chancellor, he introduced educational maintenance allowances to provide financial help for those aged 16-18 in order to persuade them to stay on at school. These, to his anger, are now being cut. “I feel passionately that there should be no barrier to children staying on at school.”

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