Lib Dem Manifesto: What's in it for Young People?

The Liberal Democrats have said they're putting young people at the heart of their manifesto.  So what's actually in it?

The Lib Dems say they will reverse the Conservative's decision to scrap housing benefits for 18-24 year olds,  They will also introduce a £3bn rent-to-buy scheme, which they say will help young people get on the housing ladder.

As well a this, the Lib Dems will give 16-21 year olds 66% off bus tickets by introducing a discounted bus pass.

They don't say anything about reducing tuition fees (while Labour have promised to abolish them), but they do promise a number of policies for students and universities:

  • Reinstate maintenance grants for the poorest students, ensuring that living
  • costs are not a barrier to disadvantaged young people studying at university.
  • Establish a review of higher education finance in the next parliament to consider any necessary reforms, in the light of the latest evidence of the impact of the existing financing system on access, participation and quality, and make sure there is no more retrospective raising of rates, or selling-off of loans to private companies.
  • Ensure that all universities work to widen participation across the sector, prioritising their work with students in schools and colleges, and require every university to be transparent about selection criteria.
  • Reverse the damage to universities and academics by changing the country’s course away from a hard Brexit.
  • Recognise the value of international staff to universities and promote international collaboration.
  • Reinstate quality assurance for universities applying for degree-awarding powers.
Central to the Lib Dem's manifesto is a commitment to a second EU referendum, on the terms of the UK/EU deal at the end of the two years of negotiations.  Neither the Conservatives or Labour have promised this - they oppose a second referendum.

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