Student Loan Interest Rates - Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords am 11:38 am ar 27 Mawrth 2024.

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Photo of Lord Sikka Lord Sikka Llafur 11:38, 27 Mawrth 2024

My Lords, unlike residents of Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Norway, Scotland and Spain, people living in England pay university tuition fees—a major cause of the student debt of more than £206 billion and rising. The average debt of £45,000 currently attracts a 7.7% compound interest rate and is rising. Can the Minister explain why the interest rate on student debt is higher in real terms than the equivalent interest charged on a mortgage?