Governments need to get out of the habit of giving our money away. Grants should be reserved for charities. In all other aspects of governmental spending both nationally and locally they should be asking the question: 'what's in it for us?'
UCAS have argued however that the drop in numbers may be down to a higher proportion of people accepting places in the previous year. But they do admit that their report reveals that young people from more disadvantaged areas and backgrounds will be almost three times less likely to apply to university compared to richer peers.
The Prime Minister has repeatedly said that he wants his Government to be the most "family friendly" ever. It's time for David Cameron to prove he's a family man and kick his Number 11 neighbour's policy of stripping back financial support even further into the long grass.