Grant for poorest students not enough

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HUNDREDS of the poorest sixth-form students across Portsmouth and Hampshire will be worse off under the government’s new bursary scheme, according to a thinktank.

The Institute for Fiscal Studies says students with family incomes of £16,190 or less would receive £800 a year – compared with the scrapped Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) which was worth up to £1,560.

It comes after the announcement of a £180m scheme that ministers said would guarantee £1,200 per year for the most vulnerable students, like those in care, as well as a ‘discretionary fund’ for colleges to hand out to those identified as being in need.

James Mills, head of the Save EMA Campaign, said: ‘Michael Gove (education secretary) lied to young people before the election when he promised not to scrap EMA, and now according to the IFS he lied to the House of Commons this week saying the poorest students would be better off under this new scheme.’