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Young People: Education

Education written question – answered on 24th November 2011.

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Photo of Tom Blenkinsop Tom Blenkinsop Opposition Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many young parents were in receipt of care to learn funding in (a) Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland constituency, (b) Middlesbrough local authority area, (c) Redcar and Cleveland local authority area, (d) Teesside, (e) the North East and (f) nationally in the last year for which figures are available; and how many such recipients were aged 19 years or over.

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

This is a matter for the Young People's Learning Agency (YPLA) who operate the Care to Learn allowance for the Department for Education. Peter Lauener, the YPLA's chief executive, has written to the hon. Member for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland with the information requested and a copy of his reply has been placed in the House Libraries.

Letter from Peter Lauener, dated 24 November 2011

I am writing in response to your Parliamentary Question PQ80765 that asks:

"How many young parents were in receipt of care to learn funding in (a) Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland constituency, (b) Middlesbrough local authority area, (c) Redcar and Cleveland local authority area, (d) Teesside, (e) the North East and (f) nationally in the last year for which figures are available; and how many such recipients were aged 19 years or over."

The academic year 2010/11 is the last year for which these figures are currently available. The numbers of young parents who received funding through the Care to Learn scheme in the 2010/11 academic year in the areas you requested are in the following table. These are the take-up figures as at 31 August 2011.

Area/local authority (LA) Aged 19 years or over Total care to learn take-up
Middlesbrough LA 7 38
Redcar and Cleveland LA 7 29
North East 146 509
National 2,133 6,622

This information is only available by local authority area, and so we are unable to provide figures for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland constituency and Teesside.

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