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Students urge MPs to restore EMA grant

27.02.13

Campaign aims to reverse Tory decision to scrap the EMA grant that kept poorer students in education post-16. The Guardian reports.

Students have come up with a new strategy in their fight to get the education maintenance allowance (EMA) restored. They're urging MPs to support an "early day motion" – which is a proposal submitted for debate in parliament. Even though the debate doesn't always take place, early day motions raise awareness of a cause.

This one calls on MPs to restore the vital student grant scrapped by the Tory-led government over two years ago. Hundreds of students from across the country are currently participating in a "Bring back EMA week of action". Activists on over a dozen college campuses are organising stalls, petitions, online lobbying and social media action in an effort to persuade MPs to support disadvantaged young people so they can continue to study post-16.

Source: The Guardian