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Related report: Fees and student support under the new higher education funding regime: what are different universities doing?
The gap in HE participation between those from the richest and poorest families has been narrowing over the last decade. The gap in participation at age 18 or 19 between state school students from the most and least deprived fifths of the population fell from 40 percentage points in 2004-05 to 37 percentage points in 2009-10 with much of that narrowing occurring after the tuition fee cap was raised to £3,000 in 2006-07. This may reflect the fact that, contrary to popular beliefs, the new regime introduced in 2006-07 was actually more generous to students from poorer backgrounds and hit richer students relatively harder.
The current government is looking to offset possible effects of increasing the fee cap to £9,000 by introducing a National Scholarship Programme (NSP) aimed at providing bursaries and fee waivers to poorer students. In its first year the NSP will cost the government £50 million, and universities must match the funds. But the programme is being administered separately, and differently, by each university and for students entering a majority of universities they cannot be sure in advance what level of support they will receive. The effectiveness of this financial support in encouraging participation of students from poorer backgrounds is likely to be undermined by these levels of complexity and uncertainty.
These are the key findings of two new pieces of research published today by the Institute for Fiscal Studies and funded by the Nuffield Foundation, which will be presented as part of the ESRC’s Festival of Social Science on Friday 9th November.
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Independent Scotland would face tougher long-run fiscal challenge than the UK as a whole
An independent Scotland would require a significant cut in spending or increase in taxes, over and above that already announced by the UK government, in order to put their long-term public finances onto a sustainable footing.
Since 2008 food spending fails to keep pace with rising food prices and nutritional quality of calories falls / Long term decline in calorie purchases despite increase in calories from eating out, snacks and soft drinks
These are the key headlines from two new pieces of research published by the Institute for Fiscal Studies and due to be presented today as part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science.