Fund Our Future
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Ahead of the first budget of this new Northern Ireland Executive, we're calling on Ministers to put their money where their mouth is.
The draft programme for government aspires to a strong, balanced economy and a more equal and creative society that allows people to fulfill their potential.
The Northern Ireland Executive has to invest in an accessible higher and further education system as core to that vision for the future. That includes acknowledging that student support has remained capped whilst tuition fees have risen with inflation.
We believe the Executive should recognise that public funding for our higher and further education system should be a priority to improve people's life chances and to achieve a fairer society with equality of opportunity at its core.
We call (i) on Ministers to guarantee tuition fees will remain capped as they are, (ii) on the first official opposition and other political parties to put the concerns of students at the heart of their scrutiny of government in Northern Ireland and (iii) all of our politicians to acknowledge that investing in students should be a priority for any competent government.
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