Harriet Harman

Member of Parliament for Camberwell and Peckham. Mother of the House of Commons.

'70% would drop out' if EMA is scrapped’

Simon Hughes must think again and vote with us tomorrow against the abolition of the EMA.

A survey of more than 700 EMA recipients, conducted by the University and College Union with the Association of Colleges, found that 70% said they would have to drop out of their course if their grant was withdrawn. This would affect 2,291 young people in Southwark. He is supposed to be speaking up for access to education.

Almost two-thirds of pupils asked (63%) said they received no other financial support from their family for meeting the cost of sixth form or college.

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