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Miliband: Replace tuition fees with a graduate tax

Published: Tuesday, 29 June 2010   Category: Life after graduation

Universities could be funded in a more efficient fashion if graduates paid an extra tax rather than tuition fees, according to a prominent political figure.

Writing in the Guardian, Ed Miliband announced that he will consult vice-chancellors and universities in the near future to gauge their views on his proposals.

The Labour leadership candidate also revealed that he is hoping to put the plan to parliament and the public, alongside Lord Browne's upcoming review of higher education funding.

"Studies have shown that such a levy which would abolish upfront fees but ask graduates to pay between 0.25 per cent and two per cent of their income, over a 20-year period, could raise substantially more for our universities than the current system," wrote Mr Miliband.

The move presents a problem for Liberal Democrat MPs, who have all signed a National Union of Students pledge to attempt to block higher tuition fees.

However, the party dropped its long-stated policy to abolish the fees as part of the coalition agreement formed with the Conservatives.

Mr Miliband's brother David is the bookmakers' favourite to succeed Gordon Brown as head of the Labour party.ADNFCR-1068-ID-19864397-ADNFCR

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