Opposition Day — Education Maintenance Allowance — 19 Jan 2011 at 18:51
The majority of MPs voted in favour of the Government's plan to scrap the education maintenance allowance (EMA) in England.
The majority of MPs rejected an opposition motion which had said:
- That this House:
- believes that disadvantaged young people should gain greater access to further and higher education;
- recognises the valuable role that the education maintenance allowance (EMA) has played in supporting young people from less well-off backgrounds to participate and succeed in education;
- further recognises how EMA has supported choice for students in post-16 education, allowing them to travel to the best institution for their studies, which is of particular importance in rural areas; further notes that EMA is used by the majority of recipients to fund travel to college, as well as books and equipment, and allows recipients to focus on their studies rather than taking a part-time job;
- notes that EMA has been retained in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland;
- further notes research from the Institute for Fiscal Studies stating that EMA costs are completely offset by its benefits in raising participation;
- further notes the inquiry into educational access announced by the Education Select Committee; and
- calls on the Government to rethink its decision on EMA, retaining practical support to improve access to, interest in and participation in further and higher education.
A Government press release on plans to end EMA, issued on the day of the vote, stated:
- EMA costs over £560 million per year with administration costs amounting to £36 million. The Government believes it must target its resources to those most in need.
Votes by party, red entries are votes against the majority for that party.
What is Tell? '+1 tell' means that in addition one member of that party was a teller for that division lobby.
What are Boths? An MP can vote both aye and no in the same division. The boths page explains this.
What is Turnout? This is measured against the total membership of the party at the time of the vote.
|Party||Majority (No)||Minority (Aye)||Both||Turnout|
|Con||273 (+1 tell)||0||0||89.5%|
|Lab||0||241 (+2 tell)||0||94.2%|
|LDem||44 (+1 tell)||2||0||82.5%|
|John Leech||Manchester, Withington||LDem (front bench)||aye|
|David Ward||Bradford East||LDem (front bench)||aye|