Wandsworth Tory Councillor dubs EMA “dole for kids”

GLA Candidate Leonie Cooper

A row broke out during a council meeting last Wednesday, after a Wandsworth Councillor dubbed the Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) as “dole for kids.”

Conservative Councillor Matthew Maxwell Scott made the comment during a discussion about Ken Livingstone’s plans to re-introduce EMA to London if he became Mayor.

During the meeting Tory councillors spoke out against reinstating the £30 a week grant for children living in struggling households. Councillor Maxwell Scott described the grant as “dole for kids”, provoking a furious response from opposition councillors.

Labour Councillor and GLA candidate Leonie Cooper described Coun Scott’s remarks as “insulting and ignorant”. She said: “I was quite shocked at his open sneering at EMA. For many ordinary families and teenagers EMA made all the difference, allowing them to buy books or travel to college.

Read the full story here:

http://www.wandsworthguardian.co.uk/news/9584735.Wandsworth_Councillor_dubs_EMA__dole_for_kids_/

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