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Education Maintenance Allowance

Volume 447: debated on Monday 12 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will take steps to allow young people in full-time education to receive the education maintenance allowance while carrying out voluntary work. (75870)

[holding answer 8 June 2006]: Young people in full-time education receive EMA when they have attended all the sessions for which they are required, and will not receive a weekly payment if they fail to attend. EMA is based on a “something for something” approach. Therefore, the general principle is that if the activity, for example volunteering, forms part of the young person's learning agreement EMA may be paid, if not; EMA will not be paid.