NUS call to keep EMA

16th April 2010 at 01:00
The National Union of Students (NUS) has called for the education maintenance allowance (EMA) to be retained despite the participation age being raised to 18

A motion at this week's annual conference in Gateshead argued that it was essential support for many students, not just an incentive to stay on in education. It added that hardship funds amounted to only pound;112 million nationally and frequently ran out before year end. It said that for 40 per cent of the poorest learners, the pound;30-a-week maximum was not enough to cover basic needs and the pound;540 million budget should be increased to help thousands of additional learners stay in education.

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