Money saving expert might challenge the government over student loans

15 December 2015

student The Money Saving Expert, Martin Lewis, has gathered together a team of legal experts to look at whether or not they can challenge the government over student loans, specifically, the new rules around the repayment of said loans.

George Osborne said that he was freezing the level at which graduates pay back their debt at £21,000. Martin Lewis thinks this is a "disgrace". "No commercial company would be allowed to do it - the government shouldn't be allowed to either," he said.

He continues: "If you earn £22,000 and the threshold had increased to £22,000, you'd have repaid nothing. But with it at £21,000 you'd repay £90 a year."

"How can I, to so many people, in good conscience explain student loans if the government is prepared to change students' terms after they've signed up, in some cases after they've graduated? In a personal capacity I've engaged the solicitors Bindmans to investigate if there are grounds to judicial review this decision and to look at other legal grounds to challenge it (it may be people with student loans will need to agree to take cases - I doubt there'll be a shortage of volunteers)."

The new £21,000 limit was planned to be increased with earnings from 2017, but now, it'll be fixed until April 2021. This is a bid to reduce the government's debt.

Lewis added: "My view (and it may be nonsense hence why I'm engaging lawyers) is there are many areas of weakness in this announcement - primarily that this is an unfair change in contractual terms for students, one no commercial company would've been allowed to do."

You can read his full blog here.

TOPICS:   Banking   Loans


  • Albania f.
    £90 a YEAR? Seriously??
  • dvdj10
    Shock as you have to start paying back a loan when you start earning money! It's hardly a massive amount, and they should be used to living in squaller by now anyway.
  • Daniel S.
    Well, if you ask me, the most critical part of preparing for retirement is just having a plan. Whether you use a spreadsheet or a tool like or some other website -- you have to get everything out in front of you so you can make smarter decisions. Once you do that, then implementing your disciplined retirement strategy becomes critical.
  • The o.
    As usual, you guys have completely missed the point, arguably almost wilfully. Hypothetically, if you signed a contract with a company saying you'll get a tenner a week, and then they decide to start paying you 9 quid a week instead, you would be rightfully angry. Its not about the quid, its about the fact they've changed the terms of the deal, and if you didn't challenge it, what would be to stop them from changing it again to only pay 8 quid? 2 quid? Where does it stop? This is about principle, the amount is irrelevant. so yes "seriously" £90 a year. Martin Lewis is one of the few people who are prepared to stand up and hold our government to account, and should be rightfully celebrated for that. Think before you speak.

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