EMA U-turn is welcomed by Gosport principal

Di Lloyd, principal of St Vincent College in Gosport
Di Lloyd, principal of St Vincent College in Gosport
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THE principal of St Vincent College in Gosport has welcomed the government’s £180m scheme to help the poorest teenagers.

Di Lloyd said the new funding pot to replace the Education Maintenance Allowance controversially scrapped last year could help convince less well-off students to stay on at college.

But Ms Lloyd warned the amount colleges would receive should be clarified sooner than later to reassure students.

The initiative – just a third of the original EMA grant which is worth between £10 and £30 a week for students with family incomes of less than £30,800 – will go to the ‘most vulnerable’ in care or on income support. The rest will go to colleges to hand out.

Ms Lloyd said: ‘I welcome the fact there will be support for our most vulnerable students, but we need more details so we can reassure other students.’

Second year students currently receiving EMA will continue to get it in their third year. First year students on the maximum of £30 will be given £20 in their second year.