A true story, details here. It is difficult to see when things will get better with a widely predicted bleak spending review is published next month. Moreover, it seems odd for the Government to cut university places with the effect of damaging career aspirations of talented youth with excellent A-level results. Surely, the cost to the taxpayer to fund their university place will be much less than when they join the dole.
If the Government were truly committed to saving taxpayers money wherever they can, then extra university places (and not expanding the number of unemployed) is the best option. This commitment to risk creating higher unemployment seems like more evidence that the Government's true aim is to dismantle the public sector at whatever cost in the name of saving costs. Expect further reductions in benefits to follow . . .