This is a matter for the Young People's Learning Agency (YPLA) who operate the education maintenance allowance for the Department for Education. Peter Lauener, the YPLA's chief executive, has written to the hon. Member for Darlington with the information requested and a copy of his reply has been placed in the House Libraries.
Letter from Peter Lauener, dated
I am writing in response to your Parliamentary Question PQ30073 that asked:
"How many young people resident in Darlington receive education maintenance allowance."
EMA take-up is defined as young people who have received one or more EMA payments in the academic year.
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, 2007/08, 2008/09 and 2009/10 is available on the YPLA website, at the following address: