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Government Criticised for Failing to Communicate Change in Tuition Fees

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The Government has been criticised for not announcing changes to tuition fees on the Department for Education's website.

The legislation that will allow universities to increase tuition fees in England to £9,250 is expected to impact more than 500,000 students beginning their courses in the Autumn.

The changes to the fees were officially placed onto a government website last week but were not announced by the Department for Education. Opposition parties have called the move "shabby", arguing the move was designed to avoid scrutiny, something the Department for Education has rejected.

The regulations relating to the change in fees were published on December 15th on, the same day school league tables were released.

According to Labour's Gordon Marsden, the government was trying to maintain a low profile in regards to the increase in fees.

Meanwhile Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron said: "This is a shabby little way to announce something, hiding it away in the far-flung corner of a government website.

"This shows the government at their worst, avoiding scrutiny and debate."

The intention to increase tuition fees had been announced in the summer and will enable nearly all universities to apply the higher amount of £9,250 per year. Institutions also have the option to apply the increased fees to existing students.

Defending the increases, Universities have argued that the value of tuition fees have been eroded by inflation and they needed an increase to remain financial sustainable.