Press release

MillionPlus comment on the Budget

06 Mar 2024

MillionPlus, the Association for Modern Universities, has commented on the Budget, announced today (6 March) by Chancellor Jeremy Hunt.

Rachel Hewitt, Chief Executive of MillionPlus, said:

“That another major Government financial statement has come and gone without announcing any further support for students struggling with the cost of living crisis or how Britain addresses the unsustainable trajectory of higher education finance is disappointing but not surprising.

“It is also a shame that the Chancellor opted not to listen to the combined voices of MillionPlus, the Royal College of Nursing and, as we saw earlier this week, three quarters of the public, by introducing a fee loan forgiveness scheme for nurses working in the public services. This is a missed opportunity to invest in the future of the country and to markedly improve desperately needed staff retention in the NHS.”


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