Emma Reynolds MP- “The Government Needs to Think Carefully”.

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The Government need to think really carefully about intergenerational inequality and the social contract between young people and the state.

I was impressed with Emma Reynolds MP – (my MP’s) contribution in the debate in the House of Commons January 19th 2016, when she supported the Labour Party Resolution opposing the replacing of Student maintenance grants with loans for lower income students. 

By all accounts the speech she gave was powerful and very much to the point. I particularly liked this portion of her speech and I have taken the extract direct from Hansard. I feel that there will be families in Wednesfield that will be pleased that Emma made these important comments.

Well done Emma, there will be plenty of parents and friends, students in Wolverhampton, and across the West Midlands that will be very appreciative of your support for Student Maintenance Grants. Here is a portion of the speech that Emma gave –

Emma Reynolds: We had that debate in the previous

Parliament and in Parliaments before that. We are

talking about the very, very poorest students. Their

parents do not have a penny to give to them in support

and they will graduate with a huge level of debt.

I say this again to the Government: since the election

of the Tory majority Government and the previous

coalition Government, the younger generation have

been hit with the removal of the education maintenance

allowance, the trebling of tuition fees and now, for the

poorest students, the removal of grants. The Government

need to think really carefully about intergenerational

inequality and the social contract between young

people and the state. If the state no longer supports the

aspirations and opportunities of the poorest students,

the social contract will break down and we will all be

poorer for it.”

 

Phil Bateman

Phil Bateman is Married to Mary and lives in Wednesfield North. He was a long serving local politician having served previously on the now defunct West Midlands County Council... read more

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