Lords support tuition fee rise

Peers in the House of Lords have backed coalition government plans to raise student tuition fees in England to as much as £9,000 a year.

This decision means that 2012 could be the year that higher fees begin to appear.

Lord Triesman, a Labour spokesman, accused the government of attempting to drive through the “privatisation” of higher education.

“This afternoon's decision will switch the concept of universities from being a public good, as they have always been through modern history, to essentially a private sector, market-driven by personal private investment,” he told the BBC.

"I am both saddened and disappointed by the outcome in the House of Lords this evening,” Aaron Porter, National Union of Students president, said after the decision was announced. "I fear that this evening our aspiration - to create a fairer and more equitable higher education system - has been set back for a generation."

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