Heidi asks Dave about EMA

Heidi Alexander (Lewisham East, Labour)

I would like to return to the education maintenance allowance. In March, the Prime Minister came to Lewisham college and spoke to students about his plans. He said:

“We’ll keep it. We’ve taken a look at it. We think it’s a good idea.”

Will he explain to me and the 1,150 students at the college who are currently receiving EMA why his Government are scrapping it?

David Cameron (Prime Minister; Witney, Conservative)

Because we face the biggest budget deficit of any country in the developed world. That, frankly, is the prism through which such decisions must be seen. In politics there is a choice: either confront the problems in front of you and deal with them-that is what this Government are doing-or run away from them, like the Labour party. We are putting in place something that will be more targeted and more effective, but we must deal with the mess that we were left.

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About Andrew Brown

I live in Lewisham, South East London, and spent 9 years as a Labour councillor in the borough between 1997 and 2006.
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One Response to Heidi asks Dave about EMA

  1. citizenr says:

    And I thought I was being ironic when I talked about blaming labour in my blog post on the CSR! fact more frightening than fiction?
    http://citizenr.wordpress.com/2010/10/22/csr/

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