School Leaving

Children, Schools and Families written question – answered on 21st April 2008.

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Photo of David Laws David Laws Shadow Secretary of State (Children, Schools and Families)

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of the likely cost to the public purse of raising the education and training leaving age in each of the first 10 years of its implementation.

Photo of Jim Knight Jim Knight Minister of State (Schools and Learners), Department for Children, Schools and Families, Minister of State (Department for Children, Schools and Families) (Schools and Learners)

The Department has not estimated the costs of raising the participation age (RPA) to 18 in precisely the form requested.

However, as part of the impact assessment (IA) which was published alongside the Education and Skills Bill on 29 November 2007, the costs 'per cohort of young people' were set out alongside the benefits. The costs were estimated to be around £800 million per cohort once a steady state had been reached (in 2016-17), while the economic benefits were estimated to be around £2,400 million on the same basis.

The IA can be accessed at and I have placed a copy in the Library of the House.

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