Education Maintenance Allowance

Children, Schools and Families written question – answered on 19th June 2008.

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Photo of Sarah Teather Sarah Teather Shadow Secretary of State (Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform)

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families

(1) how many people in receipt of the education maintenance allowance subsequently did not complete the course of education for which the allowance was provided in each year since its inception;

(2) how many people were in receipt of the education maintenance allowance in each London borough in each year since its inception.

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 LSC operate the education maintenance allowance (EMA) scheme for the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) and hold the information about take-up and payments made under the scheme. Mark Haysom, the LSC's Chief Executive, will write to the hon. Member with the information requested and a copy of his reply will be placed in the House Library.

The LSC does not collect information specifically about completion rates for learners in receipt of EMA and there are no recent estimates available. However, it would be reasonable to expect improvements in completion rates to contribute to increased attainment by EMA recipients. Recent analysis commissioned by the LSC shows significant positive impacts on the attainment of young people taking Level 2 and Level 3 qualifications. These positive impacts have been particularly strong among more disadvantaged groups such as those from the most deprived neighbourhoods and those who had previously achieved less well academically.

A copy of the results of this evaluation, with a summary of the key findings, was placed in the House Library on 3 December 2007.

Letter from Mark Haysom, dated 17 June 2008:

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

"How many people were in receipt of the education maintenance allowance in each London borough in each year since its inception".

Information on the number of young people who have applied, enrolled and received Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) is available at Local Authority Level. EMA take-up is defined as young people who have received one or more EMA payments in the academic year.

In the first year of national roll out EMA was available to all 16 year olds across England and to 17 and 18 year olds in former pilot areas (young people who are 19 are entitled to receive EMA in certain circumstances). In 2005/06 EMA roll out continued and EMA was available to all 16 and 17 year olds nationally. In 2006/07 EMA is available to all 16, 17 and 18 year olds nationally.

The following table shows EMA take-up for each London Local Authority area during each academic year since inception:

Area type Area name 2004/05 2005/06 2006/07 2007/08( 1)
National England 297,259 429,627 527,319 542,710
Region London 50,896 70,480 83,262 85,170
LSC London Central 11,171 14,043 16,319 16,035
LA Camden 1,550 1,749 1,982 1,954
LA Islington 1,682 1,976 2,233 2,256
LA Kensington and Chelsea 325 691 891 885
LA Lambeth 2,791 3,406 3,822 3,666
LA Southwark 2,647 3,138 3,668 3,484
LA Wandsworth 1,607 1,948 2,202 2,223
LA Westminster 569 1,135 1,521 1,567
LSC London East 18,871 24,229 27,630 28,458
LA City of London 18 64 70 29
LA Greenwich 2,161 2,479 2,795 2,875
LA Hackney 2,841 3,262 3,345 3,390
LA Lewisham 2,575 2,945 3,606 3,599
LA Tower Hamlets 3,265 3,626 3,932 3,956
LA Barking and Dagenham 1,408 1,917 2,315 2,443
LA Bexley 834 1,552 1,893 2,036
LA Havering 821 1,498 1,728 1,806
LA Newham 3,774 4,601 5,095 5,216
LA Redbridge 1,174 2,285 2,851 3,108
LSC London North 7,292 10,622 12,820 13,405
LA Barnet 1,044 2,198 2,818 2,951
LA Enfield 1,337 2,639 3,499 3,731
LA Haringey 2,508 2,984 3,409 3,469
LA Waltham Forest 2,403 2,801 3,094 3,254
LSC London South 4,253 8,332 10,711 11,062
LA Bromley 936 1,698 2,059 2,052
LA Croydon 1,375 2,874 3,828 3,966
LA Kingston-Upon-Thames 370 706 907 930
LA Merton 613 1,261 1,694 1,829
LA Richmond-Upon-Thames 359 683 823 856
LA Sutton 600 1,110 1,400 1,429
LSC London West 9,309 13,254 15,782 16,210
LA Hammersmith and Fulham 1,247 1,429 1,634 1,589
LA Brent 2,744 3,349 3,762 3,869
LA Ealing 2,682 3,158 3,440 3,602
LA Harrow 849 1,785 2,302 2,379
LA Hillingdon 883 1,695 2,223 2,381
LA Hounslow 904 1,838 2,421 2,390
(1) Year to date—28 August 2007 to 31 May 2008.

EMA take-up data showing the number of young people who have received one or more EMA payments during 2004/05, 2005/06, 2006/07 and to date in 2007/08 is now also available on the LSC website, at the following address:

http://www.lsc.gov.uk/providers/Data/statistics/learner/EMA_take_up.htm

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