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WIGAN’S MP has hit out at figures revealing a record slump in university applications.

The number of people applying to university in the region has dropped by 13.9 per cent compared to this time last year, according to new figures released today by the university admissions service UCAS. The University and College Union (UCU) said the figures were particularly worrying when put alongside results of a survey released today that shows the increase in university fees is putting 10 per cent of A-level students off applying to university.

Around half of the youngsters polled said they would consider a university closer to home or one abroad with cheaper fees to save cash.

Lisa Nandy said: “These figures are a clear indication of the impact of the hike in tuition fees on Wigan.”