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EDUCATION Maintenance Allowance is making a comeback - but only for students at one South Yorkshire college.

Dearne Valley College has announced it will pay full-time 16-18-year-old students and apprentices £10 a week to help with costs and encourage good attendance.

The payments come after the Government scrapped the national EMA scheme, under which young people from lower income households were paid £30 a week to stay in education if aged between 16 and 18.

Wentworth and Dearne Labour MP John Healey said: “The EMA has been a lifeline for young people, helping them to stay on and succeed in education.

“Since it was got rid of, in areas like ours fewer young people are going to college. I am pleased that our local college is willing to step in and support students where the Government has refused to.”