Protesters march on county hall over lost education allowance
Students, parents and teachers marched on County Hall in Truro to voice their anger over government cuts in financial support.
The demonstration was organised to show the strength of feeling against the abolition of Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) which thousands of young people in Cornwall receive.
Under Government cuts, students will lose £30 a week. Protestors say scrapping the allowance will make it more difficult for many youngsters to pursue an academic career.
Josiah Mortimer, a student who helped organise the march said: "It is clear that the Tory-led coalition is intent on making it as difficult as possible for those who aren't wealthy to stay on and study after school."
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Protestors claim the allowance, normally spent on transport and books, has encouraged more young people to go to college. Student Max Stephens said: "It is vital that we defend the scheme, brought in by Labour only seven or so years ago, and the demonstration hopes to pressure both Cornwall Council and central government to keep providing it.
"We do have the money to keep the allowance – the richest thousand in the UK last year increased their wealth by £77 billion and bankers took in £7 billion in bonuses this Christmas.
"An increase in taxation upon that wealth could cover continuing the scheme and abolish tuition fees."