Students demonstrate over plans to axe EMA
Over 400 students at Dudley College attended a rally in protest at plans to cut the EMA (Educational Maintenance Allowance) on Tuesday 18th January in the courtyard at The Broadway Campus. The rally had been called prior to a debate taking place in Parliament the next day to discuss the EMA.
Student Union president Kim Hughes aged 19 and Vice-president Matthew Stevenson, aged 18 gathered signatures for a petition voicing students' concerns. "It is a really important issues and I'm glad that so many students have come. It shows the strength of support behind the protest," said Kim.
Natasha Millward Student Liaison Officer at Dudley College; "We have had a lot of support from not only the students but MPs and UNISON. To back up our campaign we will be taking a number of students down to the Houses of Parliament in order for them to lobby their MPs."
78 % of full time 16-18 year old learners at Dudley College receive EMA at the moment. Removing EMA is likely to result in less young people being able to afford to access education and training.