Education Maintenance Allowance

  • Cameron: “We don’t have any plans to get rid of them [EMAs]” – Save EMA campaign website, 6 Jan 2010
  • Plans to scrap EMA announced in CSR – The Guardian, 20 Oct 2010

In January 2010, David Cameron told a Cameron Direct audience:

“We’ve looked at Educational Maintenance Allowances and we haven’t announced any plan to get rid of them.

“They do often if you go to schools and ask people what they think of them and ask young people themselves, they get quite a mixed reception actually because some people can see them as a bit divisive, but no we don’t have any plans to get rid of them.”

In the Comprehensive Spending Reveiew, however, the governemnt announced plans to scrap EMA, as The Guardian reports:

The government will scrap the Education Maintenance Allowance, a grant intended to keep 16-19-year-olds from poorer homes in education. This will be replaced with “targeted support” for those facing financial barriers to education.

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