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Stop adding interest to student loans during maternity/paternity leave

Submitted by Rebecca Farmer on Wednesday 10th February 2021

Published on Wednesday 17th February 2021

Current status: Open

Open until: Tuesday 17th August 2021

Current Signatures: 56
(count is updated approximately hourly)

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Children ~ Education ~ Government ~ It ~ Loan ~ Maternity ~ student loans ~ The Government ~ Universities

Petition Action

Stop adding interest to student loans during maternity/paternity leave

Petition Details

The Government should stop interest being added to a loan whilst a parent is on maternity/paternity leave. People who do not have children will have more of their loan paid off compared to those without children. This is penalising graduate parents for having children and an education.

Additional Information

Loan repayments stop if a parent on maternity/paternity leave income drops below £26,575 – but the interest doesn’t. It means that many graduates are effectively being financially penalised for having children. For example, both parents are graduates from the same course, at the same university and from the same academic year. One parent takes his/her full maternity/paternity leave. One will a much bigger loan than the other, because interest continues to build even on leave.

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