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The Westminster government is tipped to introduce a higher education bill, with ministers said to be seeking “uncontroversial” legislation focused on the lifelong loan entitlement (LLE), but there is less clarity over the future of plans to restrict student entry.

Sector sources said the government may introduce a bill in the coming weeks.

In May 2022, the government said in the Queen’s Speech that it would introduce a higher education bill to implement the LLE in England and, “subject to consultation”, a minimum entry requirement (MER) for individuals to be eligible for student loans, as well as student number controls.

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