In England the system of student finance is largely based on student loans. The number and value of loans has increased rapidly over time as the sector has expanded and loans replaced maintenance grants and much of direct funding for teaching. The expansion of loans has raised questions about graduate repayments and ultimately the cost of the system to the taxpayer.
The Education Employment (Accompaniment to Hearings) Bill is scheduled to receive its Second Reading in the House of Commons on Friday 22 October 2021.
The House of Commons Library is preparing a briefing on the Bill. Please check for updates on this page.
This briefing explains why some university staff are striking over pensions and working conditions and what students can do if their studies are disrupted.
This briefing paper looks at trends in income inequality in the UK over the last 50 years, as well as the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. It provides analysis on income inequality between UK regions and countries, ethnic groups, and by disability status.