Lifelong Learning (Higher Education Fee Limits) Bill completes passage through parliament
13 September 2023
The Lifelong Learning (Higher Education Fee Limits) Bill had its third reading, a chance for members to make sure the eventual law is effective, workable and without loopholes, on Tuesday 12 September.
The Lifelong Learning (Higher Education Fee Limits) Bill will support the goverment's lifelong loan entitlement policy by creating a new credit-based method for calculating maximum tuition fee limits for modules, short courses and full courses in England. This will ensure that learners who study flexibly are not charged disproportionately and allows access to post-18 education throughout a person's working life.
Third reading is a chance for members ‘tidy up' a bill, making small changes to ensure it is effective.
No changes to the bill were suggested ahead of third reading. Members discussed the progress of the bill at the conclusion of its Lords stages.
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Read background on the bill in the House of Lords Library Lifelong Learning (Higher Education Fee Limits) Bill briefing.
What's happened so far?
Report stage: Tuesday 5 September
The amendments covered subjects including:
- reviewing the impact of the Act on higher education
- standardising the credit-based system across the sector.
Committee stage: Monday 10 July
Committee stage is the first chance to examine the bill in detail and make changes.
The amendments cover subjects including:
- credits for in-person and distance learning
- reviewing the impact of the legislation.
Second reading: Monday 19 June
Topics covered during the debate included:
- access to higher education
- the decline in the number of adult learners
- costs for education providers offering flexible tuition.
Baroness Barran (Conservative), Minister for the School System and Student Finance, opened the debate and responded on behalf of the government.
Members speaking in the debate included:
- Baroness Garden of Frognal (Liberal Democrat), fellow of the Chartered Institute of Further Education
- Lord Johnson of Marylebone (Conservative), chair of the board for e-learning platform FutureLearn and former Minister for Universities
- Lord Rees of Ludlow (Crossbench), former master of Trinity College, University of Cambridge
- Baroness Wilcox of Newport (Labour), former commissioner of the Lifelong Education Commission.
Watch and read the debate
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