These students began their courses in good faith. They qualified for up to £30 a week because their families were on low incomes or are unemployed. They’ve spent the money on travel, food, books and equipment. Equipment for some courses can cost as much as £200. These students face real hardship when the EMA is cancelled halfway through their studies.
I’m calling on the Minister to reverse his decision, but assuming he won’t I’m asking for a substantial transitional payment to enable Lewisham College students and others like them to complete their courses.