Early day motion 1067

RESTORATION OF EDUCATION MAINTENANCE ALLOWANCE

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Total number of signatures: 63

Anderson, David Bayley, Hugh Blomfield, Paul Burden, Richard
Caton, Martin Clark, Katy Cooper, Rosie Corbyn, Jeremy
Cryer, John Cunningham, Jim Dobbin, Jim Dobson, Frank
Doran, Frank Dowd, Jim Durkan, Mark Flynn, Paul
Francis, Hywel Galloway, George Glass, Pat Glindon, Mary
Hermon, Lady Hopkins, Kelvin Howarth, George Johnson, Alan
Jowell, Tessa Kaufman, Gerald Lavery, Ian Lazarowicz, Mark
Llwyd, Elfyn Long, Naomi Love, Andrew Lucas, Caroline
McCabe, Steve McDonnell, Alasdair McDonnell, John Meacher, Michael
Meale, Alan Mearns, Ian Morrice, Graeme Morris, Grahame M
Mudie, George Nash, Pamela Osborne, Sandra Owen, Albert
Powell, Lucy Qureshi, Yasmin Riordan, Linda Ritchie, Margaret
Robertson, John Robinson, Geoffrey Ruddock, Joan Shannon, Jim
Sharma, Virendra Skinner, Dennis Stringer, Graham Vaz, Keith
Vaz, Valerie Walley, Joan Watts, Dave Winnick, David
Wood, Mike Roy Woodward, Shaun Wright, David

That this House believes the withdrawal of the education maintenance allowance (EMA) was a grave error because this scheme had allowed 16 to 19 year olds from some of the poorest families access to further education; notes that its abolition has had a hugely detrimental impact according to UCAS figures with 56,000 fewer students staying on in the last academic year; and calls on the Government to restore the EMA, which would require only a modest investment, would broaden access to education and benefit the economy as a whole.