Legal challenge to new fee levels

Two teenagers are launching a judicial review into the government’s decision to allow university tuition fees to be increased to £9,000 from next year.
Callum Hurley, 16, and Katy Moore, 17, claim that ministers broke the law in the way they decided to raise tuition fees from £3,375. They believe the increase penalises students from poorer homes and ethnic minorities, who live in, on average, lower-income households.

Their lawyer, Phil Shiner, who works for Public Interest Lawyers, argues that the fee increase if a breach of Article 14 of the European convention on human rights and said that the government had failed to fully assess whether increased fees would be in accordance with equality legislation. The application for judicial review will be lodged in the high court this March.