I recently visited Lewisham College to talk to students in receipt of Education Maintenance Allowance. 229 of the students who are on two year courses will have their current EMA cut off when year one ends this summer. The students told me they were spending their allowances on books, equipment, fares and food.
“Keep EMA” was the message I received from Lewisham College students when I met a group who are currently in receipt of the Allowance. The Government has said repeatedly that EMA is not well targeted. I wanted to sit down with students to hear their experiences.
I would like to urge residents of Lewisham Deptford to save money on their household gas and electricity bills and reduce their carbon emissions by taking up the energy efficiency measures that energy companies in the UK offer.
Today I stood up for the poorest consumers in Lewisham Deptford after pledging to vote in favour of introducing caps on the amount that payday and doorstep lenders charge for credit.
My Labour colleagues and I are calling on the Government to think again about controversial plans which could see local woodland sold off to the highest bidder. Government proposals currently being discussed in Parliament will give Ministers the green light to sell off the public forestry estate in England.