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Government will prosecute those who fail to repay their student loans on time, warns Jo Johnson

 

The Government has warned it will prosecute graduates from across the UK and overseas who fail to pay their student loans back on time as part of a new strategy.

 

In a statement from Minister for Universities Jo Johnson to the House of Commons, the politician said the new plans were needed to ensure the repayment system remains “fair, robust, and efficient” as the higher education system sees more people gain entry than ever before, due to a cap-lift on numbers.

 

New plans come into place as the higher education system looks set to take on more students than ever before

 

http://www.independent.co.uk/student/news/government-will-prosecute-those-who-fail-to-repay-their-student-loans-on-time-warns-jo-johnson-a6869221.html

 

Sign this petition to ask the UK Government not to make student debt a criminal offense

 

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Its all over the news papers/websites, not law yet but in legislation stage - partner countries (EU and AU) supply tax details and then UK prosecutes... don't ask me how

 

The US have been sending in armed (police) thugs to get debtors to sign repayment plans

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If you enter into an agreement you shoukd keep to the terms, but this applies to government as well.

 

Not sure it should be a criminal offence, but I guess they are looking at how they have dealt with this in New Zealand. By making it criminal, they can stop you at UK borders, so those worried about it affecting travel, will decide to come to an arrangement. Also easier to pursue it as a criminal matter abroad.

 

On a political note, why have the electorate not considered that one party is more likely to increase various fees and taxes than another. Labour introduced student fees, but it was the Tories under the coalition that trebled most fees to £9k a year. Now they are making student nurses take out more loans etc. If there is a choice to be made, i would rather they made education and apprenticeships a priority for taxpayer help, rather than some of the other decisions made based on likelyhood to vote. The Tories have a habit of penalising younger people who are less likely to vote for them. They forget that it is those younger who pay the future pensions of their parents, grandparents. Stitching them up with education loans, while they have impossible spending demands to rent or buy a home, is very short sighted.


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It is very shortsighted to saddle those leaving University with huge debt and then make it a criminal offence if they have problems repaying it ?


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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3436477/Lock-prisoners-just-weekend.html

 

Presumably this is why he plans on making so many prison reforms to free up space to put those who are unable to repay "tax payer" debt for one reason or another !!


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They are nasty enough to make it retrospective to revive all the written off loans. But really willthis mean that deferment will be removedin practice.


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Ok Some figures!

There are approximately 2 million students currently at UK Universities (figures from HESA).

 

 

If you assume that 10% are not from the UK, and 1/3 graduate every year that give you a rough number of 600,000 graduates every year.

 

 

By their own estimates 45% do not repay their loans so we get 270,000 students who will not repay their loans every year

 

 

The current prison population is about 80,000 (home office figures).

 

 

So where are they going to find room to accommodate the 270,000 graduates - remember this is an on going number so after 1 year there will be 270,000 graduates, after 2 years 540,000 graduates.

 

 

The other problem with this is that generally if you have a criminal record it is quite difficult to get other than a low paid or menial job.

 

 

So the whole idea of criminalising those who do not repay their loans is completely unworkable.

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