I thank the minister for her answer and welcome her to her new role.
The guidance on changes to EMA that the Government issued to local authorities in the summer states:
"The removal of ... bonus payments will reduce expenditure but will not, in itself, bring expenditure into line with the available budget."
The Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning has already taken some £6 million out of the pockets of Scotland's poorest families by scrapping EMA bonus payments this year. Will the minister guarantee that EMA will remain in its current form and that no changes will be made in the future?
I think Mr Kerr will find that we have already given that guarantee. I would have thought that he would welcome the fact that, here in Scotland, we are protecting education maintenance allowance while it is being scrapped in England. The member for East Kilbride might