Cash initiative

DEARNE Valley College is to introduce its own version of the Education Maintenance Allowance.

The EMA, brought in by the Labour Government in 2004, paid up to £30 a week to young people from lower income households, to help them with their studies.

In South Yorkshire, nearly 20,000 16 to 18-year-olds were receiving the payment before it was scrapped in 2011.

Local MP John Healey welcomed the college initiative. He said: “The EMA has been a lifeline for young people, helping them to stay on and succeed in education.”

Dearne Valley College will pay all full-time 16-18-year-old students and apprentices £10 a week to help with costs and encourage good attendance.