March and rally against cuts held in Havant today

Havant MP, and minister for universities, David Willetts
Havant MP, and minister for universities, David Willetts
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YOUNG people campaigning against the axing of a grant for poorer students will host a march and rally today.

The demonstration is against the government’s decision to abolish the Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) and will also involve an attempt to lobby Havant MP, and minister for universities, David Willetts, at his constituency surgery.

It will start at 4.15pm in Havant Park, and from there students from Havant College, in Havant, Oaklands School and South Downs College, both in Waterlooville, will march through the town to a rally in West Street.

Organised by Ammaar Rahim, a representative of the Havant Youth Parliament, the protest is backed by NASUWT, the teachers’ union, and Unison, the public sector trade union.

Elizabeth Wagstaffe from Unison said: ‘The abolition of the EMA causes yet more uncertainty for those families who can least afford to allow their children the chance of continuing their education.’

The march will end with a protest outside Mr Willetts’ office in South Street, Havant.