Barbara has criticised the Conservative-led Government’s proposal to scrap the Education Maintenance Allowance, a decision that will have a big impact on young people from across Salford whose families have lower incomes. Labour MPs at Westminster were challenging the Conservative-led Government’s decision to scrap the allowance this year.
In Salford around 1,500-2,000 young people a year rely on Education Maintenance Allowance to help them to attend college or stay on in sixth form. The allowance is also a great help to young carers who rely on it as a vital form of support and an incentive to stay in education.
“The Education Maintenance Allowance has been a great way to help young people to stay on at school or go to college. There is no case to scrap it. I am dismayed at the extent to which this Conservative-led Government is attacking the aspirations of young people who rely on this allowance.
“Staying on in education is most difficult for young people who are carers for a parent or family member who is ill or who has a disability.
"We have a really effective Young Carers Project in Salford run by The Princess Royal Trust for Carers.The staff member who works with young carers aged 16-24 told me that all but one of those young carers relied on Education Maintenance Allowance. It provides the support they need and an incentive to attend school or college regularly. Without that it would just be too easy for their caring tasks to take over each day.
“Scrapping the Education Maintenance Allowance will hurt the aspirations and the educational achievement of thousands of our young people in Salford and will hit hardest at vulnerable people like young carers. I urge the Government to think again and maintain this important and effective allowance.”