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Advice on hand for pupils

Thursday, 30th August 2001.

PUPILS who have just finished their GCSEs and are worried about the cost of staying on in the sixth form could get some help from Suffolk County Council.

The council runs an Education Maintenance Allowance scheme to help people if they or their parents/carers are receiving certain benefits.

To qualify, students must be Suffolk residents studying full time in the sixth form. They or their parents/carers must be receiving Income Support, income based Job Seeker's Allowance or the maximum rate of Working Families' or Disabled Person's Tax Credit.

Those who are eligible can receive an allowance of 530 for the academic year starting in September, to help with the cost of books, field trips and visits.

Help with the cost of registered child care during term-time is also available to those aged 16 to 19 who have a dependent child and are attending school full time.

Chris Mole, leader of Suffolk County Council, said he realised the cost of staying on at school sometimes made young people think twice about continuing their education.

"By making this allowance available we hope to encourage more students to study in the sixth form and gain valuable qualifications that will help them in later life," Coun Mole said.

A leaflet giving details of the scheme and an application form is available from Upper Schools, local area education offices, youth centres and libraries.

Haverhill Weekly News

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