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Education Maintenance Allowance

Volume 520: debated on Tuesday 21 December 2010

I present this petition after receiving a similar petition with more than 2,500 signatories.

The petition states:

The Petition of Liverpool Community College students and staff,

Declares that the petitioners oppose the abolition of the Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA); that the petitioners believe that the EMA helps thousands of young people to reach their full potential; that the petitioners believe that the loss of EMA will damage the country’s economic future and impact on social justice by making it harder for disadvantaged young people to access education; and that the petitioners believe that the abolition of the EMA will lead to cuts in local provision as colleges respond to reductions in learner numbers.

The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urges the Government not to abolish the Education Maintenance Allowance and to continue supporting adult learners through the Adult Learning Grant.

And the Petitioners remain, etc.