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Student Maintenance Award

Volume 164: debated on Thursday 21 December 1989

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To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science (1) what was the average level of net student maintenance award and parental contribution for each year since 1979, at 1990–91 prices.(2) if he will give figures for the levels of student maintenance award, loan and parental contribution for students with average levels of maintenance award and parental contribution, at 1990–91 prices, from 1989–90 to 2007–8.

[holding answer 18 December 1989]: The table shows average grant (including average supplementary allowances), contribution (including any contribution assessed against a spouse's or the student's own income), and, for the relevant years, loan, in constant 1990 prices. The figures take into account the recently announced main rates of student grant for 1990–91, and assume an inflation rate of 3 per cent. per annum from that year onwards.

Academic yearAverage main tenance payment1 2Average contributions 1 2Average loanTotal average resources
1979–802,1335482,681
1980–812,1375332,660
1981–822,0075882,595
1982–831,9066452,551
1983–841,8576472,504
1984–851,6848382,522
1985–861,5059722,477
1986–871,5159632,478
1987–881,4881,0082,496
1988–891,4639902,453
1989–901,4489742,422
1990–911,4629724202,854
1991–921,4199414942,854
1992–931,3819135592,854
1993–941,3448866232,854
1994–951,3098606852,854
1995–961,2748357452,854
1996–971,2408118032,854

Academic year

Average main tenance payment

1 2

Average contributions

1 2

Average loan

Total average resources

1997–981,2077878592,854
1998–991,1767649142,854
1999–20001,1457419682,854
2000–011,1157201,0192,854
2001–021,0866981,0702,854
2002–031,0576781,1182,854
2003–041,0306581,1662,854
2004–051,0036391,2123,854
2005–069776201,2562,854
2006–079526021,3002,854
2007–089285841,3422,854
2008–0939005711,3832,854

Notes:

1 Figures for 1987–88 and previous years are outturn recorded by local authorities; for 1988–89 estimated; and for 1990–91 and later years compatible with the latest government spending plans.

2 Assuming a cash freeze on maintenance grant rates and average contributions from 1990; and average total resources constant in real terms from 1990, at an annual inflation rate of 3 per cent.

3 If supplementary allowances are excluded the sum of the remaining maintenance element and contribution equals the average loan by 2008–09.