Education Maintenance Allowance
John Robertson (Glasgow North West, Labour)
To ask the Secretary of State for Education what plans he has for the future of education maintenance allowance payments. [This section has been corrected on 6 July 2010, column 2MC — read correction]
Nick Gibb (Minister of State (Schools), Education; Bognor Regis and Littlehampton, Conservative)
The Government are committed to retaining the education maintenance allowance (EMA). The budget for 2010-11 is £564 million, enabling young people aged 16 to 19 in England who meet residency criteria and have a bank account to receive EMA payments if their household income is under £30,801 (based on evidence from the last full financial year).