Thursday 12-11-2015 - 11:29
Debt is a disaster waiting to happen. The burden of debt being piled onto students’ shoulders is creating a crisis – not just in education, but for the economy.
Spiralling costs and deepening debt threaten to make education even more unequal than it already is. Despite the widespread recognition that debt was a significant cause of the 2008 crash, this government’s education system saddles students with massive personal debt.
Debt isn’t just your student loan, it’s so much more than that. It’s your overdraft, the borrowing from your parents, grandparents and family. It’s pay day lenders and loan sharks. It’s working more hours than is good for your health and your grades. It’s a deterrent to education. It’s a cause of mental health issues. It’s the difference between staying at home or going back to stay with your parents. It’s living on beans, or deciding whether to heat your flat or eat at all. Debt limits your choices, or leaves you with no choice at all.
The week of December 7 – 11 will see students across the UK taking action to #CutTheCosts of debt. This will involve SUs mobilising their students, their parents and the general public to lobby their MPs, get their local media on side, and take part in a Westminster lobby of parliament on Tuesday 8 December.
Join us in calling on the government to #CutTheCosts and invest in education to benefit the whole of society, instead of shifting debt onto the shoulders of students.
Download the campaign briefing pack here. A pack containing resources will be with you next week. In the meantime, you can download loads of #CutTheCosts campaigning resources here.