David Cameron is reported to have made a dramatic intervention in the university reforms, shelving the higher education bill that was due this spring.
According to the Daily Telegraph, the bill, which would have introduced major regulatory reform including new legislation making it easier for private providers to enter the market, is now unlikely be published before 2015.
The paper quotes an unnamed Whitehall source as saying: “The Liberal Democrats were increasingly opposed to further reforms to universities after the recent decision to increase fees.
“But David Cameron was also unimpressed by the recommendations so the whole thing is now off the table.”
David Willetts, the universities and science minister, told the paper: “There’s going to be a further discussion in Cabinet in the next couple of weeks. There’s no final decision either way yet.” […]
However, many of the other reforms that have already been implemented, such as the increase in the tuition fee cap to £9,000 this autumn and the ‘core and margin’ and AAB plans, which will see student places removed from general allocations and thrown open to competitive bids, will not be affected.