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Welsh MP urges Westminster to reinstate Educational Maintenance Allowance in England

19 Apr 2023 2 minute read
Beth Winter MP

Beth Winter MP has called for the reinstatement of the Educational Maintenance Allowance (EMA) to learners in further education in England.

The payment was launched by the UK Labour Government in 2004 in an attempt to encourage more 16-19 year olds to stay in education, but was scrapped at UK level by the Conservative and Lib Dem coalition Government in 2010.

It was retained in Wales however, and this week Wales became the first nation in the UK to increase the EMA, when it increased it from £30 a week to £40 a week. Cynon Valley MP Beth Winter has called on UK Government to follow Wales’ lead and put money directly in the pockets of young people.

In an Early Day Motion, Winter congratulated the Senedd, National Education Union and National Union of Students and called on the UK Government to re-introduce the EMA payment for learners in England at the earliest opportunity.

The motion has since been supported by several high profile MPs including Jeremy Corbyn, John McDonnell and Apsana Begum.

Crisis levels

The Cynon Valley Labour MP said: “Student poverty has reached crisis levels, with many of those at college or sixth form unable to afford even the basics.”

“Young people in further education are hugely vulnerable to exploitation in the workplace due to a lower minimum wage and a lack of statutory rights.”

“The Welsh government has acted to alleviate this hardship by using its powers to increase the Education Maintenance Allowance from £30 to £40.”

“The UK Government must follow suit. A failure to do so would be a betrayal of vulnerable and hard pressed young people in further education.”


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Gareth
Gareth
10 months ago

As the MP for Cynon valley, shouldnt she be concentrating on her constituants problems, and not worrying what the UK Gov are or are not doing in England. A recent report stated that half the children in Penrhywceiber are growing up in poverty. More worried about the union than Cymru it would seem.

G Horton-Jones
G Horton-Jones
10 months ago

For UK read England

England has more than enough MP’s to make their own case for such payments to be made.

Not heard one English MP saying that the financing of HS2 is a travesty against the tax payers of Wales

Gareth is totally correct in his comments

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