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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 Rushanara Ali Rushanara Ali Shadow Minister (International Development) 3:15 pm, 19th January 2011

In the local college in my constituency, 50% of young people surveyed who receive the EMA have said that they are unlikely to be able to stay on in education. That is a damning indictment. Secondly, is my hon. Friend aware that it is predicted that the Government will spend some £40 million trying to cancel the EMA? Young people will feel very let down if it is true that so much money will be spent doing that. It is appalling.