Saturday, May 14, 2011
What scrapping the Education Maintenance Allowance means to East London
"...the Government is scrapping the EMA, a payment of £10 - £30 a week to low- income students who want to stay in post-16 education. At present 29 receive it in the City of London, 4,230 (41%) in Tower Hamlets, 3,078 in Barking & Dagenham and 5,771 (46%) in Newham. The scheme cost £560m nationally and is being replaced with a £180 million 'discretionary fund' which will leave the poorest students almost £400 a year worse off according to the Institute of Fiscal Studies"...John Biggs AM Monthly Report April 2011.