Education Maintenance Allowance: York

Children, Schools and Families written question – answered on 30th March 2010.

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Photo of Hugh Bayley Hugh Bayley NATO Parliamentary Assembly UK Delegation

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many young people from City of York constituency are in receipt of education maintenance allowance; and what the average monetary value of such allowances is.

Photo of Iain Wright Iain Wright Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Children, Schools and Families) (14-19 Reform and Apprenticeships)

This information is held by the Learning and Skills Council (LSC). I have asked the LSC's chief executive, Geoff Russell, to write to my hon. Friend with the information requested.

Letter from Geoff Russell, dated 24 March 2010:

I am writing in response to your Parliamentary Question 324222 that asked:

"How many young people from City of York constituency are in receipt of education maintenance allowance; and what the average monetary value of such allowance is."

Information on the number of young people who have received Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) is available at Local Authority Level, but not at constituency level. EMA take-up is defined as young people who have received one or more EMA payments in the academic year.

EMA take-up for York Local Authority area in the 2009/10 academic year was, at the end of February, 1,520.

The York average is unavailable but the value of all weekly payments released to learners nationally is £27.69. These figures comprise, historically, 80% of learners receiving £30, 10% of learners receiving £20 and the remaining 10% receiving £10.

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 2007/08 is 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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