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Save the Education Maintenance Allowance

UNISON, UCU, NUS and NUT have launched a joint union petition against the axing of the Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA).

EMA is a vital means tested allowance that provides support to college students from low income households.  It has more than proved it’s worth but the ConDem government looks keen to axe it.

There’s more information available from and we want you to sign the petition here and write to your MP to ask him or her to sign the Early Day Motion (811) calling for the EMA to be saved.  To contact your MP, use or

For quick reference we have included a list of all current Greater Manchester MPs below:

Hazel Blears (L) – Salford and Eccles
Graham Brady (C) – Altrincham and Sale West
Andrew Burnham (L) – Leigh
David Nuttall (C) – Bury North
Ann Coffey (L) – Stockport
David Crausby (L) – Bolton North East
Jim Dobbin (L) – Heywood and Middleton
Paul Goggins (L) – Wythenshawe and Sale East
Andrew Gwynne (L) – Denton and Reddish
David Heyes (L) – Ashton under Lyne
Kate Green (L) – Stretford and Urmston
Mark Hunter (LD) – Cheadle
Yasmin Qureshi (L) – Bolton South East
Gerald Kaufman (L) – Manchester Gorton
Barbara Keeley (L) – Worsley and Eccles South
Julie Hilling (L) – Bolton West
John Leech (LD) – Manchester Withington
Ivan Lewis (L) – Bury South
Tony Lloyd (L) – Manchester Central
Yvonne Fovargue (L) – Makerfield
Michael Meacher (L) – Oldham West and Royton
Jonathan Reynolds (L) – Stalybridge and Hyde
Simon Danczuk (L) – Rochdale
Graham Stringer (L) – Blackley and Broughton
Andrew Stunell (LD) – Hazel Grove
Lisa Nandy (L) – Wigan

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