Ashton MP & Shadow Education Minister Angela Rayner Promises To Reinstitute Maintenance Grants & Education Maintenance Allowance Under A Labour Government
Wednesday 17th August 2016 13:17 Ashton News Posted by Lee Wild

The Shadow Education Secretary and Ashton-Under-Lyne MP Angela Rayner has today (August 17) said a Labour government would re-introduce maintenance grants for the country’s poorest students, and also bring back Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA).

Labour has pledged to reverse the Conservative party’s decision to replace the grants with further student loans.

Under previous rules students from families with annual incomes of £25,000 or less received £3,387 a year that did not have to be paid back with the rest of their student loans.

Education Maintenance Allowance was scrapped for England by the coalition government in October 2010. It paid students that were in further education up to £30 a week depending on their annual household income.

Now Labour are promising to bring back the cancelled schemes should they win power in the next election.

They say that the changes would be paid for by raising corporation tax by less than 1.5 per cent.

Angela Rayner MP said that the policy would have “real and meaningful impact” on young people

“Today’s commitment to restoring both EMA and student maintenance grants shows that while the Tories continue to burden our young people with debt, the Labour Party is committed to investing in our young people.

“It is only by investing in education that we can ensure that all of our young people, whatever their background, are able to succeed in whatever they aspire to.

“This policy will have a real and meaningful impact on the lives of hundreds of thousands of students.

“When we can help improve the education of over a million young people with a small increase in corporation tax, it is an investment we would be foolish not to make.”