No help for this term

IN a debate at Shelley College in Huddersfield during the general election Simon Reevell (Conservative MP for Dewsbury and Mirfield) stated that I was telling lies about his party’s strategy for cuts.

David Cameron was very clear saying: “We’ve looked at Educational Maintenance Allowances we don’t have any plans to get rid of them...it’s one of those things the Labour Party keeps putting out that we are but we’re not.”

From October this year there will be no new applications for EMA as the Conservative led coalition has decided to scrap it!

This allowance of up to £30 per week was paid to young people aged between 16-19 years old to help with travel and other studying related costs. Between 5,000-10,000 young people in Kirklees were in receipt of EMA last year alone and many thousands will suffer hardship. Mr Reevell went as far as saying that he wouldn’t necessarily support the government’s u-turn decision to cut EMA and signaled his willingness to abstain from the vote. However, when it came to the vote, he voted with the government and against saving EMA.

SHAHID MALIK

Former Dewsbury and Mirfield MP