So the Labour government is looking at putting in a universal student allowance.
This was obviously coming for a while now. I have no doubt that many people will see this as a political football – with parties just looking at getting through popularist policies that get them votes, but … I agree with it.
Why do students have to borrow to live, when the rest of society gets some security net? It never made sense to me.
I would prefer if this policy was implemented with other policies focused at integrating education, employment, and welfare policy (see here) and I would also prefer it if the government was clear about what sort of cuts to other services they will provide to fund the student allowance (as in the long-run it will be more expensive) – but I’m not diametrically opposed to the idea.
Fundamentally, as long as we see the unemployment benefit as a security net for members of society, it should be available for everyone (who is not employed) – and that is what this policy does.
Now, tell me why you disagree 😉