Rotherham students to tell Government about effect of grant cuts

By Gareth Dennison | 17/11/2010 0 comments

Rotherham students to tell Government about effect of grant cuts

ROTHERHAM students are being urged to tell the Government how scrapping grant aid will affect them.

The means-tested education maintenance allowance for books and travel costs is set to be axed by the Government.

But students at  Rotherham College of Arts and Technology have launched a postcasrd campaign to vent their feeling on the issue.

Principal Gill Alton, said: “If future students aren’t able to access financial support it could have an adverse impact on their ability to fund their education and therefore their life chances.

“We want learners in Rotherham to have the best chance to fulfil their potential and realise their aspirations. This will be negatively affected by the removal of EMAs.”

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Rotherham MP Denis MacShane added: “There is a great deal of concern among families about what this cut will mean for the prospects of our young people.

“The EMA is designed to help young people from poorer houses stay in education beyond 16, and enjoy the same opportunities that richer kids get.

“I want this Government to hear their stories, and to see the damage they’re doing to our young people’s hopes and ambitions.”

The Government says the weekly payments of up to £30 will be replaced by more targeted support.


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