Tuition fees and Help to Buy: Theresa May's two ways to tempt young to vote Conservative

Lynsey Barber
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Theresa May is in Manchester for the Conservative Party conference (Source: Getty)

The Prime Minister Theresa May is seeking to appeal to young voters with a renewed focus on two hot button issues for younger generations: tuition fees and home buying.

The Conservatives will promise to freeze tuition fees at £9,250 until 2019 and extend the Help to Buy scheme.

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And the amount when graduates start repaying the loans will be pushed up to £25,000, from the current £21,000. The PM claimed it would benefit graduates to the tune of £30 a month.

The promise comes as the Conservative Party conference gets underway in Manchester and as it attempts to take on the growing popularity of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn with younger voters.

And there will also be a fresh promise to extend the Help to Buy scheme to help young people onto the housing ladder, committing an additional £10bn to it.

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Finance expert Martin Lewis said the effort on fees would have "little impact" in financial terms on "anyone but the highest earning graduates", however.

And the Help to Buy plans are "like throwing petrol on to a bonfire" said Adam Smith Institute executive director Sam Bowman.

"The property market is totally dysfunctional because supply is so tightly constrained by planning rules, and adding more demand without improving the supply of houses is just going to raise house prices and make homes more unaffordable for people who don't qualify for the Help to Buy subsidy."

The Labour Party slammed May's "gimmicks". Shadow housing secretary John Healey said young people needed instead "the mass building programme of genuinely affordable homes to rent and buy that Labour put forward in our manifesto.