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To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether local authorities will be required to provide data to further education and sixth form colleges to enable them to assess the eligibility for discretionary learner support and bursaries of 16-year-olds applying to enrol at an institution in September 2011 in respect of students (a) in receipt of free school meals in year 11, (b) from a household with a low income, (c) in care and (d) in receipt of income support.
We will not require local authorities to provide data to further education and sixth form colleges in respect of young people’s eligibility for the new 16-19 bursary fund. We will provide guidance to schools, colleges and training providers regarding the kind of evidence they might wish to seek from young people claiming a guaranteed £1,200 bursary. Beyond that, schools, colleges and training providers will be able to exercise their discretion to award bursaries to young people—including those who were in receipt of free school meals in year 11—in ways that best fit their needs and circumstances.