Studying has become more difficult
More than 300 thousand students in Britain want to interrupt the study, because they can no longer pay for it amid rising prices for electricity and food, as well as the high rate of inflation in the country. The Guardian newspaper reported this on Monday.
"The cost-of-living crisis and the sharp rise in energy bills have hit hardest students, most of whom can no longer rely on their parents for support and are therefore forced to give up higher education because they cannot afford to pay," said Rachel Hewitt of the MillionPlus Association of British Universities. According to MillionPlus, more than 300 thousand students have already declared a desire to suspend their studies due to rising prices for food, transport and electricity.
Students have been hit hardest by the financial crisis because they do not receive government support, which is allocated to households. Students living in university dormitories do not receive discounts on electricity.
MillionPlus encourages universities to develop measures to support students so they can continue their studies. Some universities have already gone ahead with measures such as increased grants, food vouchers and transportation discounts.
On Monday, the organizations will hold a side event at the SNP conference, where James Douglas Hepburn, minister of higher education for the Scottish government, will participate in a panel discussion.
James Hepburn described the report as "extremely disturbing," which "reinforces the urgent need for the UK government to properly deal with the cost-of-living crisis." He said: "Most of the key political leverage needed to address the crisis still rests with the UK government, so we continue to urge them to use all the leverage at their disposal to address this emergency on the scale necessary to meet people's needs."
Also, he pointed to the Scottish government's payment of £16 million in hardship funding to colleges and universities for the current academic year to support higher and further education students in financial difficulty, and the payment of nearly £3 billion to help households cope with rising living costs.
The Liz Truss government's economic course has led the U.K. to a record high rate of inflation. It now stands at 9.9 percent, the highest in 40 years.