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Discretionary Learner Support Fund

Education written question – answered on 12th May 2011.

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Photo of Andy Burnham Andy Burnham Shadow Secretary of State (Education and Election Co-ordinator)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate he has made of the number of young people who will receive funding from the 16 to 19 bursary fund in (a) 2011-12, (b) 2012-13 and (c) 2013-14.

Photo of Nick Gibb Nick Gibb Minister of State (Education)

holding answer 3 May 2011

Around 320,000 young people will receive guaranteed support in the 2011-12 academic year as a result of the measures we announced on 28 March 2011. This includes those who will receive weekly payments under the transitional arrangements, and the estimated 12,000 young people who may be eligible each year for a guaranteed annual bursary of £1,200. Beyond this, the 16-19 bursary fund is discretionary and decisions as to who will be supported and to what level will be made by schools, colleges and training organisations.

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