Worst-off students will retain £30 allowance

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AN allowance for the worst-off students in Northern Ireland worth up to £30 a week is to be retained.

The scheme was introduced to encourage young people from lower income backgrounds to remain in education after the age of 16. Children from households with income of £20,500 or less will be eligible, Employment and Learning Minister Stephen Farry said.

Around 4,500 students whose families earn more than that are projected to lose their Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) next year but a much greater number will retain it.


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