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.
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
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|
|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)|
|(1) This figure is provisional|
I hope you find this information useful.