Responding to reports that budget cuts at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills could cause maintenance grants to disappear, Sir Peter Lampl, Chairman of the Sutton Trust and of the Education Endowment Foundation, said today:

“Poorer pupils could be paying the price of the Government’s problems with its university funding system if this happens. Since grants were reintroduced, there have been significant improvements in participation from full time less advantaged students, and these could be put at risk. The reality is that the Government has miscalculated the levels of repayments it will get from its student loans under the new fees system. Rather than penalising poorer students, it should have a fundamental review of the repayments system. We need long term solutions not a short term fix.”