Young people are bearing the brunt of this chaotic Government - Burnham

Andy Burnham talks to studentsLabour’s Shadow Education Secretary Andy Burnham visited a sixth form college in North Shields on Thursday to hear the concerns of local students.


Mr Burnham joined Tynemouth’s MP Alan Campbell at St Alexandra’s Sixth Form College for a question and answer session with students of TyneMet College and the Sixth Form Centre.


Andy fielded questions on the government’s replacement for EMAs and the decision to increase University Tuition Fees.


Labour’s Shadow Education Secretary, Andy Burnham said;


“I was pleased to visit St Alexandra’s Sixth Form College to talk to students and staff.  There were certainly some strong views expressed about the Tory-led government’s broken promises on issues such as Educational Maintenance Allowance and University Fees.

“Labour’s EMA helped nearly 40,000 young people in the North East region stay on in education. The government’s planned replacement will help fewer students and leave many in the dark over whether or not they are eligible for financial support. Michael Gove has taken a successful scheme that boosted participation, attendance and attainment and turned it into a shambles.


“Young people are bearing the brunt of this chaotic Government. This region has one of the highest youth unemployment in the country; we should be investing in young people like the students here at St Alexandra College – not making things harder for them.”