The Liberal Democrat Leader of Kingston Council has welcomed the launch of a community petition calling for the local authority to publicly oppose a rise in student tuition fees.
The Kingston Liberal Democrat council leader signed the student petition which “calls for the council to support students by publicly opposing the Government's planned increase in tuition fees… in order to put pressure on the Government to withdraw its proposals for increases in Higher Education costs which will hit students in an unprecedented manner.”
If the petition receives more than 500 signatures from Kingston residents before 5th December, the issue of tuition fee rises and higher education cuts will be debated at the following Full Council meeting.
Along with the Council’s Executive Members for local education and children services, Cllr Liz Green and Cllr Tricia Bamford, the Council Leader met with representatives from today’s local student protests to discuss the Government’s proposals. The Liberal Democrat politicians listened to the student’s concerns and reiterated the council policy that “everyone who has the ability should be able to go to university and should not be prevented by the cost”.
You can sign the petition on Kingston Council's website.