Lib Dems warn Newcastle students about Labour's Student Tax
pic: Lib Dem leader Tim Farron raising concerns at Labour's Student Tax with NUSU president Dom Fearon at Newcastle University
Newcastle Lib Dems are warning that Labour's planned Student Tax is going to make Newcastle a less accessible place to study for poor students - we've got a petition up and running and want as many students as possible to sign.
Ouseburn Lib Dem campaigner Stephen Howse was recently joined by Lib Dem leader Tim Farron in Shieldfield, Newcastle as they met student residents of the many student halls in the ward to discuss concerns about the Labour council's call for halls of residence to be subject to business rates.
Newcastle University Student Union President Dominic Fearon has expressed concern about the plans. He was quoted in the Evening Chronicle last year challenging Labour council leader Nick Forbes on his proposal to extend business rates to student halls:
“If business rates are applied to halls of residence it will very likely result in students rent increasing considerably and making the local universities significantly less appealing to future students considering where to apply.
“This change will result, in effect, in students paying council tax in a different form but to the same ends. There is a reason students do not pay council tax – they do not have a significant income. Please consider where you are putting this burden and do not dissuade future students from coming to our city.”