UK tuition fees will increase

The
coalition government has won the vote to raise tuition fees in England to $14,000
per year – as violent protests take place in Westminster.

Three
ministerial aides have resigned over the issue – as the fee rise passed by a
majority of 21 votes.

Scotland
Yard says six police officers have been hurt in clashes between police and
students.

Protesters
who had forced their way into Parliament Square pressed against police lines
and threw missiles.

The
Metropolitan Police say there have been attacks using “flares, sticks,
snooker balls and paint balls”.

Students
from around the UK gathered in London for a day of protests and a rally – with
police expecting about 20,000 demonstrators.

Inside
the House of Commons, Business Secretary Vince Cable told MPs the fee plans
were fair and would maintain the quality of universities.

The
package of measures will see fees rising to an upper limit of $14,000 per year
– with requirements for universities to protect access for poorer students if
they charge more than $9,500 per year.

The
plan to raise fees will apply to students in England. Welsh students will not
pay the higher rate of fees, even at universities in England.

In
Scotland there are no tuition fees – and Northern Ireland has still to decide
how it will respond to any fee rise in England.

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Students lose their fight to prevent tuition fee hikes.
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