The CUTS Factor: EMA leading the way
My personal hunch is that this is because it ticks a number of boxes. Scrapping EMA is a) irrational – as the IFS has pointed out EMA has improved education attainment and supported social moblity, b) unfair – it’s targeted at those on low incomes and c) it’s current and fits in with the general anger over how funding for young people’s education has been cut so savagely.
Oh, and the government promised not to scrap it before the election but let’s face it, the promise to keep EMA is hardly the first one that’s been broken of late.
There’s still plenty of time to vote for you least favourite cut if you think there are worse examples out there.