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Education Maintenance Allowance

Part of Opposition Day — [9th allotted day] – in the House of Commons at 3:15 pm on 19th January 2011.

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Photo of Barry Sheerman Barry Sheerman Labour, Huddersfield 3:15 pm, 19th January 2011

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We must also consider the long-term implications and the unintended consequences. I pray in aid a recent report from the Equalities Commission. It showed how many young people from ethnic minorities were unemployed and the sort of employment those who worked had. For example, 25% of Pakistanis are taxi drivers. It showed how many Pakistani, Bangladeshi, black, and white working-class young people have been brought into education and stay in education because of EMAs. If those young people are not in education or training, they will not get jobs. The long-term cost to our communities will be frightening.