Joe Rayment fully backs the campaign by the University of Bath Students' Union against rent rises. He is calling on the University to look again at the issue of student rent rises and the broader way in which it is taking money from the many in order to benefit the few.
The University of Bath has increased its tuition fees by £250 per year for Home students; its staff have had a year-on-year real-terms pay cut; it has been hesitant to guarantee paying a real living wage to all staff; and now it has announced massive, unjustifiable hikes to the campus accommodation rents.
In the last reported financial year, the University had a 7.3 per cent historic cost surplus, over double its target of 3 per cent. So it is not as if the University is in a dire financial situation; in fact it is doing over twice as well as it was aiming for. Joe strongly recommends that the management of the University re-evaluate its income and expenditure.
He commented, 'I am proud that a Labour government would abolish tuition fees and bring back means-tested maintenance grants.'