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From The Socialist newspaper, 14 September 2011
EMA cuts: doors close on our future
Jordan Nichols, Southampton
Without EMA payments I would not be able to go to college. I go to college so I can get a good job and have a better life.
It seems every time a working class teenager follows the government's advice to go on to further education, the government finds more ways to close doors in their faces. EMA was a lifeline to young people who would otherwise be unable to go on to college.
I think what Cameron and Clegg want is for society to go back to the 1930s when education was a privilege of the upper classes.
It's made even worse when they're closing youth services, cutting jobs and destroying our welfare state and NHS.
On Sunday 11 September, many young people and students joined the NSSN lobby of the TUC showing that there are plenty of supporters of working class struggle in the younger generation.
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In The Socialist 14 September 2011:
Socialist Party features
We need a programme of action to fight back!
Austerity policies strangle growth
Socialist Party youth and students
Pampered politicians plan education massacre... STOP THEM!
Low pay and the housing crisis
Youth must join pensions struggle
EMA cuts: doors close on our future
Cuts hit young people hard in Hastings
Stop attacks on pensions
Hands off our pensions!
NHS pensions - Pay more, work longer and get less!
Socialist Party workplace news
Support Wyndeham workers
No to pay cuts in Carmarthenshire
Workplace news in brief
International socialist news and analysis
How can the national rights of Palestinians be achieved?
Socialist Party news and analysis
NSSN calls on TUC to open the floodgates of mass action
Nationalise the banking system!
Childcare costs push parents into hardship
Save our NHS
Socialist Party review
Power and terror
Socialist Party reports and campaigns
Save Surrey libraries!
Bristol: Labour's short-lived valour
Hundreds march against Dale Farm evictions
May Day protest case goes to Strasbourg
The Socialist 14 September 2011 |
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