Midwives: Students

Department of Health written question – answered on 25th November 2015.

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Photo of Maria Caulfield Maria Caulfield Conservative, Lewes

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many student midwives were in receipt of a bursary in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available; what the average bursary paid to a student midwife was in each of those years; and what the total cost to the public purse in bursaries paid to student midwives was in each such year.

Photo of Ben Gummer Ben Gummer The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

The number of midwifery students who were in receipt of a bursary, the average bursary paid to those students and the total cost of all bursaries paid to student midwives in each of the last 10 academic years is shown in the following table.

Year

Number of Bursary Holders1

Total-Amount Paid2

Average amount paid per Bursary holder

2005/06

3,901

£22,067,168

£5,657

2006/07

3,812

£21,787,618

£5,716

2007/08

3,996

£23,228,490

£5,813

2008/09

4,265

£24,373,689

£5,715

2009/10

4,777

£27,539,804

£5,765

2010/11

5,218

£29,854,947

£5,722

2011/12

5,345

£31,358,058

£5,867

2012/13

5,448

£33,344,511

£6,121

2013/14

6,077

£35,631,880

£5,863

2014/153

6,305

£35,591,467

£5,645

Source: NHS Business Services Authority

Notes:

1 The figures relate to the number of students whose academic year fell within the period 1 September to 31 August. Includes nil award holders (European Union fees only students and students whose living allowance element of the bursary has been reduced to nil after income assessment)

2 Includes the basic award and all supplementary allowances and one off payments.

3 Figures are provisional and may be subject to minor change as a result of subsequent retrospective payments.

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