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Education Maintenance Allowance

Education and Skills written question – answered on 6th June 2007.

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Photo of Laurence Robertson Laurence Robertson Shadow Minister (Northern Ireland)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many education grants were given to 16 to 19 year olds in each of the last five years for which figures are available; what the total cost was of these grants; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Bill Rammell Bill Rammell Minister of State (Lifelong Learning, Further and Higher Education), Department for Education and Skills

holding answer 8 May 2007

This is a matter for the Learning and Skills Council who operates learner support programmes for 16 to 19-year-olds, other than those in higher education. Mark Haysom, the council's Chief Executive, has written to the hon. Member with the information requested and a copy of his reply has been placed in the House Library.

Letter from Mark Haysom, dated 25 May 2007:

I am writing in response to your recent Parliamentary Question that asked;

"How many education grants were given to 16-19 year olds in each of the last five years for which figures are available; what the total cost was of these grants."

The following table shows Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) take-up for England during each academic year since the introduction of the allowance. EMA take-up is defined as young people who have received one or more EMA payments in the academic year.

Take-up of EMA in each academic year
Take Up
2002/03 123,415
2003/04 124,383
2004/05 297,567
2005/06 430,327
2006/07 to end of April 514,950

Total expenditure is shown in the following table.

EMA Expenditure in each financial year (National Scheme)
EMA student payments costs (£ million)
2002-03 115.2
2003-04 136.3
2004-05 217.3
2005-06 363.1
2006-07(1) 474.9
(1) This figure is provisional

I hope you find this information useful.

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