Mirror mirror on the wall, who’s the meanest of them all. To be honest, this picture says it all…
Last week the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, revealed the Conservative’s budget that is going to be enforced onto the British public, and this even makes us student shake in our boot.
The good news:
- The National Living Wage will see the minimum £6.50 rise to £9.00 by 2020.
- Corporation Tax reduced to 18% by 2020
- Fuel duties frozen for the remainder of the year
That’s all good and fair for the working people, fair enough. But the Conservatives are forgetting about the rest of us.
And now for the really bad news which includes:
- Scrapping housing benefits for under-21s
- Scrapping maintenance grants for uni students.
At the elections, we choose a political party that can provide the best living environment for us, as a family/individuals, and for our future. But it seems like the Conservatives favours the high earning individuals/families and corporations, which is a small percentage in our society, rather than the majority, which consists of students, job-seekers, families earning less than £50,000 a year, elderly people etc. And that’s the main reason I didn’t vote for them! (Beside the bias point of me being a university student)
As a student myself, I feel that the Conservative have literally punished us [students] as it is. Increasing the tuitions fees to £9,000 a year; not providing us UNI students, not college students, free bus transports on our oyster travel cards, as well as, knowing that majority of uni students are living away from home, not providing us with free prescription, not this HC2 certificate that merely does anything. The scrapping of maintenance grants and converting it to loans is basically the cherry on top of a harsh reality for student for the upcoming years.
The fact that students are complaining about this is just astonishing. The ironic thing about it is majority of the students complaining, are either the students that voted for them or didn’t vote at all. Didn’t we see this come after the rise of tuition fees though? It definitely wasn’t rocket science that David Cameron and the Conservative clan wasn’t going to play fair with us students.
I don’t feel they get the logistic of the cycle. The students are the future doctors, bankers, teachers etc. Yes, the more graduates, the prospect of higher job demands is imminent, but at least more qualified people in our society to make it more better and safer. Realistically, as least we can afford to get the qualifications to get into that profession! With this policy coming into affect for the academic year of 2016/2017, you really think people are going to go to uni with the question of high financial debt in the question?
I could go on, but considering the public voted for them, cheers to the next five years guys, we are going to need it!👏👍🍻
Pictures courtesy from hexjam.com