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Education Maintenance Allowance: West Midlands

Volume 460: debated on Wednesday 9 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many pupils in (a) Tamworth constituency, (b) Staffordshire and (c) the West Midlands have claimed the education maintenance allowance since its introduction. (132730)

This is a matter for the Learning and Skills Council, who operate the 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 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 25 April 2007:

I am writing in response to your recent Parliamentary Question that asked;

“How many pupils in (a) Tamworth constituency, (b) Staffordshire and (c) the West Midlands have claimed the education maintenance allowance since its introduction.”

In the first year of national roll out EMA was available to all 16 year olds across England and to 17 and 18 year 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.

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 attached table shows EMA take-up data for Staffordshire Local Authority area and the West Midlands during each academic year since the introduction of the scheme.

Take-up of EMA in each academic year

2004/05

2005/06

2006/07 to end March

Staffordshire

1,137

2,033

7,726

West Midlands

41,125

53,274

62,549

I hope this information is useful and addresses your question.