Students 'hit by scrapping of EMA'

The decision to scrap the education maintenance allowance (EMA) - a grant for the poorest teenagers to help them stay in school or college - has had the biggest impact, Mr Burns said.

The final outcome of the decision to raise tuition fees to a maximum of £9,000 per year is "not yet known", he added.

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Students protest over cuts

Thousands of students are taking part in a demonstration in London to call for investment in education and employment.