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Education: Finance

Education written question – answered on 12th May 2011.

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Photo of Nicholas Dakin Nicholas Dakin Labour, Scunthorpe

To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much funding he has allocated for the provision of top-up bursaries to students in receipt of education maintenance allowance who will receive a smaller or no award in 2011-12.

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

A total of £115.5 million will be allocated in the academic year 2011-12 to schools, colleges and training providers for discretionary bursaries. This will allow schools, colleges and training providers to: pay guaranteed bursaries to young people in vulnerable groups; pay discretionary bursaries to young people starting courses in 2011-12; and to provide ‘top up’ support from the discretionary fund to young people covered by the education maintenance allowance transitional arrangements where necessary. The amounts paid under each of these categories will depend on local circumstances.

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