By Ben Simmons

A challenge to the Coalition Government’s controversial university tuition fee hike on the grounds of human rights, has today (Friday) been dismissed by the High Courts.

The challenge had been made by 17 year old prospective university students, Callum Hurley and Katy Moore, who argued that the £9,000-a-year fees would fuel deprivation and discriminated against students from poorer backgrounds.

· “…Given the existence of the various measures which are directed specifically at increasing university access to poorer students, I do not think that at this stage it is sufficiently clear that as a group they will be disadvantaged under the new scheme,” a statement from the judges read.

“Various other proposals were considered and cogent reasons were given for rejecting them. I do not think that in those circumstances the court could properly find that the decision was unjustified.”

The Department for Business Innovation and Skills welcomed the judges’ ruling, as a government spokesperson comments:

“We are pleased the Court rejected outright the suggestion that our student finance reforms breach students’ human rights.

“The Court recognised the consultation and analysis we carried out. It also recognised the extensive debate which took place, both inside and outside Parliament, on how those from disadvantaged backgrounds can be encouraged to enter higher education.”


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