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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 PQ30232 that asked:
"How many people are employed in the administration of the education maintenance allowance."
Administration of the education maintenance allowance is performed by the Learner Support Service, provided under contract to the Young People's Learning Agency (YPLA) by Capita. The number of people fluctuates during the year, peaking at about 500 but currently 200. They are deployed at two locations, Darlington and Birmingham. The YPLA has a small supervisory team in Sheffield.