You mean Offa is toothless? The reason for policy chaos

You mean Offa is toothless? The reason for policy chaos | Rebecca Attwood | Times Higher Education | 24 February 2011

Ministers’ muddle caused by belief that access chief could ‘impose’ fees. The government mistakenly believed that the Office for Fair Access had legal powers to “impose” different tuition fee levels on universities and is now struggling to deal with the financial consequences of its error, it has emerged.In a candid assessment of the fraught policy position, Sir Martin Harris, the director of fair access, said that although he was unclear about how the government had come to such a view, he was sure that a solution would be found because “in the end, the Treasury always wins”.

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