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Education Maintenance Allowance

Volume 458: debated on Monday 19 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of young people in (a) Penrith and The Border constituency, (b) Cumbria, (c) the North West and (d) England received education maintenance allowance in each year since the scheme's inception; and how many received (i) £30, (ii) £20 and (iii) £10 a week in each case in each year. (124005)

This is a matter for the Learning and Skills Council, who operate education maintenance allowance (EMA) for the DfES and hold the information about take-up and payments made under the scheme. Mark Haysom, the council's chief executive, has written to the hon. Member with the information requested and a copy of his reply has been placed in the House Library.

Letter from Mark Haysom, dated 12 March 2007:

I am writing in response to your Parliamentary Question 124005 that asked: "What percentage of young people in (a) Penrith and The Border constituency, (b) Cumbria, (c) the North West and (d) England received education maintenance allowance in each year since the scheme's inception; and how many received (i) £30, (ii) £20 and (iii) £10 a week in each case in each year."

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.

The following tables show EMA take-up data split by payment band for Cumbria Local Authority area, the North West and England during each academic year since the scheme's inception.

Take-up of EMA in each academic year

Band

£30

£20

£10

Total

2004/05

Cumbria

1,666

226

268

2,160

North West

42,295

4,340

4,379

51,014

England

242,262

27,398

27,599

297,259

2005/06

Cumbria

2,985

405

358

3,748

North West

58,732

5,771

4,363

68,866

England

359,213

39,824

30,590

429,627

2006/071

Cumbria

3,505

500

471

4,476

North West

66,975

7,391

6,386

80,752

England

409,303

50,170

44,268

503,741

1 To end February.

In the first year of national roll-out, EMA was available to all 16-years-old across England and to 17 and 18-year-olds in former pilot areas. (Young people aged 19 were entitled to receive EMA in certain circumstances.) In 2005/06 EMA roll-out continued and EMA was available to all 16 and 17-year-olds nationally. In 2006/07 EMA is available to all 16, 17 and 18-year-olds nationally. In calculating the percentage of young people receiving EMA only take-up and population figures for age groups where EMA was available nationally have been used.

The following table shows the percentage of young people receiving EMA in Cumbria Local Authority area, the North West and England during each academic year since national roll-out.

Percentage of population receiving EMA in each academic year

2004/051‘

2005/062

2006/073, 4

Cumbria

32

27

23

North West

46

42

36

England

33

30

25

116-year-olds only 2 16 and 17-year-olds. 3 16, 17 and 18-year-olds. 4 To end January.

I hope this information is useful and addresses your question.

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what percentage of young people in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK received education maintenance allowance in each year since the scheme's inception; (122059)

(2) how many people in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK received (i) £30, (ii) £20 and (iii) £10 a week in education maintenance allowance in each year since the scheme's inception.

The Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) is a devolved matter. In England, this is a matter for the Learning and Skills Council, who operate EMA 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 12 March 2007:

I am writing in response to your parliamentary question 122059 and 122060 that asked:

“What percentage of young people in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK received education maintenance allowance in each year since the scheme's inception” and;

“How many people in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK received (i) 30, (ii) 20 and (iii) 10 a week in education maintenance allowance in each year since the scheme's inception.”

EMA was piloted in 56 areas before launching the national scheme and South Tyneside local authority was a pilot area. The following data covers the start of the national roll out of EMA in the academic year 2004/05 and onwards.

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.

The following tables show EMA take-up data split by payment band for South Tyneside local authority area, the North East and England during each academic year since national roll out.

Take-up of EMA in each academic year

2004-05

Band

£30

£20

£10

Total

South Tyneside

1,353

126

157

1,636

North East

15,698

1,753

1,958

19,409

England

242,507

27,429

27,632

297,568

2005-06

Band

£30

£20

£10

Total

South Tyneside

1,538

117

116

1,771

North East

21,609

2,282

1,864

25,755

England

359,792

39,892

30,643

430,327

2006-07 to end January

Band

£30

£20

£10

Total

South Tyneside

1,681

169

136

1,986

North East

24,559

2,867

2,593

30,019

England

406,319

49,863

43,993

500,175

In the first year of national roll out EMA was available to all 16-years-olds across England and to 17 and 18-years-olds in former pilot areas (young people who are 19 are entitled to receive EMA in certain circumstances). In 2005-06 EMA roll out continued and EMA was available to all 16 and 17-year-olds nationally. In 2006/07 EMA is available to all 16, 17 and 18-year-olds nationally. In calculating the percentage of young people receiving EMA only take up and population figures for age groups where EMA was available nationally have been used.

Percentage of population receiving EMA in each academic year

2004/05 (16-year-olds only)

2005/06 (16 and 17-year-olds)

2006/07 to end January (16, 17 and 18-year-olds)

South Tyneside

39

36

32

North East

38

35

29

England

33

30

25

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many students claimed the education maintenance allowance in (a) Barnsley and (b) Doncaster in each of the last three years. (122789)

This is a matter for the Learning and Skills Council, who operate EMA 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 12 March 2007:

I am writing in response to your Parliamentary Question 122789 that asked; “How many students claimed the Education Maintenance Allowance in (a) Barnsley and (b) Doncaster in each of the last three years?”

The following table shows Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) take-up for Barnsley and Doncaster Local Authority areas during each academic year since the introduction of the allowance. EMA take-up is defined as young people who have received one or more EMA payments in the academic year.

Take-up of EMA in each academic year

2004/05

2005/06

12006/07

Barnsley

1,821

2,071

2,463

Doncaster

2,707

2,912

3,287

1 To end February

I hope this information is useful and addresses your question.