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Education: North-east England

Volume 456: debated on Thursday 1 February 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many people in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) England have received education maintenance allowance in each year since its inception; and how much each grant of allowance was in each year since inception. (115354)

This is a matter for the Learning and Skills Council, who operate Education Maintenance Allowances for the DfES and hold the information about take-up of the scheme. Mark Haysom, the Council’s chief executive, has written to my hon. Friend with the information requested and a copy of his reply has been placed in the House Library.

Letter from Mark Haysom, dated 29 January 2007:

I am writing in response to your Parliamentary Question 115354 that asked; “How many people in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) England have received education maintenance allowance in each year since its inception; and how much each allowance was worth in every year since inception.”

Information on the number of young people who have applied, enrolled and received Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) is available at Local Authority Level, but not at constituency level. EMA take-up is defined as young people who have received one or more EMA payments in the academic year. Financial information is only available at National Level, not at Local Authority Level.

The following table shows EMA take-up data for South Tyneside Local Authority area, the North East and England during each academic year since inception.

Take-up of EMA in each academic year

South Tyneside

North East

England

2004/05

1,636

19,409

297,259

2005/06

1,711

25,755

429,627

2006/071

1,924

29,246

481,769

1 To end December.

Since national roll-out in September 2004, each weekly allowance payment has been £10, £20 or £30 depending on the income of the household where the recipient resides. Total expenditure is shown in the following table.

EMA expenditure in each financial year (national scheme)

£ million

Full costs (including admin costs)

2004/05

260

2005/06

406.6

2006/071

300.6

1 To end December.

I hope you find this information useful. If you would like further details please contact Shubana Nawaz at the LSC National Office on 0114 2074534 or shubana.nawaz@lsc.gov.uk.