Education Maintenance Allowance

Part of Scottish Executive Question Time — General Questions – in the Scottish Parliament at 11:40 am on 2nd December 2010.

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Photo of Marlyn Glen Marlyn Glen Labour 11:40 am, 2nd December 2010

I certainly welcome the retention of EMA, but many questions remain. Will it be kept in its current form? In Dundee, for example, the number of applications for EMA has fallen by almost 40 per cent since the first year of the present Government, as a result of changes such as the lowering of the parental income threshold and the scrapping of the £20 and £10 payments. Last year, NUS Scotland estimated that those changes would lead to more than 7,000 students in the 2007-08 intake dropping out of participation or attending classes less regularly.