Monday, 5 March 2012
Ken's pledges are "fiction"
Channel 4 news' factcheck team have described, Labour Mayoral candidate, Ken Livingstone's pledge to "save the EMA" as "fiction". Mr Livingstone said he would pool the burden of the administration costs into a new ‘EMA agency’. Explaining: “This will be done by bringing together existing funds in colleges, universities, and local authorities, and working with the Association of Colleges, London Higher and councils across London to deliver this.”
The problem for Mr Livingstone is that the Mayor does not have the power over their budgets and could not compel them to do so. So he'd have to persuade them to cooperate with him. But even if they did agree, the DfE has said that they still wouldn’t be able to divert the money targeting the most vulnerable students who are guaranteed the £1,200 bursary.
This isn't the first promise of Ken's that factcheck have come down on. In January Ken launched his "fare deal" for London. Claiming that