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Studying in Europe to pay off with new Council Tax exemption

This news article was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

Students studying at universities in Europe will receive the same council tax exemptions as students studying here under new proposals.

More and more students are choosing to study abroad and take the opportunity for a different educational and cultural experience. Last year a record 10,843 British students - a 6% rise - took advantage of the Erasmus programme where students spend a year of their degree studying abroad.

Until now only those students studying full-time at UK institutions were exempt from council tax charges on their accommodation. Consultation proposals published today (4 August 2010) will restore fairness into the system by extending the student council tax exemption.

Local Government Minister Bob Neill said:

“Students should be given every opportunity to get the best possible education.

“Studying at European universities and institutions can be a rewarding life experience that stays with someone well beyond graduation. Money is a constant concern for students and people are put off because the costs involved can mount up.

“It is only fair that those students who want to study full-time in Europe get the same council tax rights as they would studying in the UK.”