Careworker: What’s happening here?
Student: We are protesting the Con-Dem’s proposal to charge students £9,000 a year.
C: That’s high. What’s the system at the moment?
S: Well, we pay some fees, and the government pays the rest (around £20-25,000 over the three years).
C: The government? You mean the taxpayer?
S: I suppose so.
C: I earn £14,000 a year, and pay income tax, which means that I am paying for you at present then?
S: Yes, but society as a whole benefits. I am in my final year studying philosophy, and have a job lined up on £25,000 working for an advertising agency.
C: How does that benefit me?
S: The degree taught me how to think, and society needs people like me around.
C: Same question. I can’t afford to take a holiday this year to visit my family, so why should I be paying for you to get a better job?
S:For example, if you need a lawyer, then you will benefit from someone who has studied law.
C: I don’t think degrees are useless, but surely the lawyer would benefit by getting paid. It seems to me that it is you students who benefit most from studying, so why shouldn’t you pay for those benefits?
S: You come from a poor background. These fees will stop people like any children you have from studying, as only the rich will be able to afford to go.
C: That’s true: I hadn’t thought of that. So will the fees paid every year, or when you graduate?
S: Not exactly. If you earn over £21,000, they will take a percentage of your income.
C: So if you earn a low wage you won’t pay anything. If you earn a good wage you will be taxed more. So my children would feel the impact of the fees if they got into high earning jobs after their degrees.
C: Isn’t that called progressive taxation?
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