Leeds: 100 students in grants protest march on Civic Hall

More than 100 students marched through Leeds as part of a national day of action to save the Educational Maintenance Allowance (EMA).

Students gathered outside the Parkinson building at the University of Leeds yesterday afternoon and marched to the Civic Hall in protest at the scrapping of the grant.

The money is paid to poorer students to help them attend college.

Protestors wielding orange flags with 'revolution' written on them stood outside the steps of the hall.

They chanted "no ifs, no buts, no education cuts" as a group of police officers, who had parked their vans near the hall, looked on.

Tuesday's march, which coincided with the debating of EMA in Parliament, was held to urge Leeds City Council to keep paying the grant, administered by local authorities.

Amy Beswick, a Year 12 student at Lawnswood School, said "It's not fair young people should take the burden of the cuts."

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