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Saturday, 11 December 2010
Save the EMA day of action | 13 December
The Educational Maintenance Allowance is a small grant available young people aged 16-19 who stay on in education. It is means-tested and students can receive between £10 and £30 a week. Last year, 635,000 students received EMA and 80% of these received the full £30. In Leicester, as many as 4/5 students receive it.
The government plans to completely scrap the EMA, despite a pre-election promise from Michael Gove - anybody see a trend here? This will have a massive impact of young people from poorer backgrounds, some of whom will simply not be able to afford to stay in education. This is turn will put more jobs at risk.