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Educational Maintenance Allowance

Volume 455: debated on Wednesday 10 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the costs of the Educational Maintenance Allowance were in the most recent period for which figures are available; and what estimate he has made of the cost of extending the allowance to all A-level students. (112834)

During the 2005/06 academic year the total Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) expenditure was £443.5 million, of which £396.8 million was specifically spent on student payments.

The estimated total cost of EMA if it was extended to all young people in full-time further education, based on the 2005/06 full-time education participation figures, which include A Level students, is £1,057 million.

From April 2006 EMA was extended to young people on LSC-funded programme-led apprenticeships and entry-to-employment programmes. Therefore in addition to the costs for those in full-time further education, there would be additional costs for students participating on those work-based learning programmes.