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Young people ignored in Budget, says NUS

Wednesday 21-03-2012 - 00:00

The National Union of Students (NUS) today criticised the Chancellor, George Osborne, for not including any measures to help beleaguered young people in today’s budget.

NUS welcomed additional funding for research facilities but said that it should have been backed up by investment in more university places and adequate financial support for those in education.

Liam Burns, NUS President, said:

“The Chancellor has fundamentally failed to address any of the myriad problems facing students and young people.

“By failing to invest in education and training or easing the financial burden on young people the Chancellor is making them pay for a crisis they did not cause.

“A generation is being hit by record unemployment, the rising cost of being a student, ever increasing rent costs, squeezed education and training opportunities and huge cuts to financial support while they study, all of which were ignored by this budget.

“Whilst we have finally seen some additional funding heading to universities to encourage innovation, short-sighted planning means that the government is not investing in the next generation of innovators.”

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