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Education Maintenance Allowance: Somerset

Volume 463: debated on Monday 1 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many residents of Wansdyke constituency have been in receipt of educational maintenance allowance in each year since its introduction. (149899)

This is a matter for the Learning and Skills Council (LSC), who operate the education maintenance allowance (EMA) for the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) and hold the information about take-up and payments 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 September 2007:

I am writing in response to your recent Parliamentary Question that asked; “How many residents of Wansdyke constituency were in receipt of educational maintenance allowance for each year since its introduction”.

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 table shows EMA take-up for Bath and North East Somerset local authority area and South Gloucestershire local authority area during each academic year since inception:

Take-up of EMA in each academic year

2004/05

2005/06

2006/07 to end June

Bath and North East Somerset

561

1,060

1,356

South Gloucestershire

830

1,450

1,801

EMA Take-up data showing the number of young people who have received one or more EMA payments during 2004/05, 2005/06 and to date in 2006/07 is now also available on the LSC website, at the following address:

http://www.lsc.gov.uk/providers/Data/statistics/learner/EMA_take_up.htm

I hope you find this information useful.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many residents of Wansdyke constituency are (a) eligible for and (b) in receipt of education maintenance allowance. (149900)

This is a matter for the Learning and Skills Council (LSC), who operate the education maintenance allowance (EMA) for the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) and hold the information about take-up and payments 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 September 2007:

I am writing in response to your Parliamentary Question 149900 that asked; “How many residents of Wansdyke constituency are (a) eligible for and (b) in receipt of the education maintenance allowance”.

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.

We currently only have estimated number of 16 year olds expected to be eligible for EMA in 2006/07 (FE only). This figure is not available for 17 or 18 year olds.

The following table shows EMA take-up for Bath and North East Somerset Local Authority area and South Gloucestershire Local Authority area:

Number of 16 year olds expected to be eligible for EMA in 2006/07

EMA Take-up 16 year olds

EMA Take-up 17 year olds

EMA Take-up 18 year olds

Total Take-up to end June 07

Bath and North East Somerset

720

687

523

146

1,356

South Gloucestershire

1,010

924

685

192

1,801

EMA Take-up data showing the number of young people who have received one or more EMA payments during 2004/05, 2005/06 and to date in 2006/07 is now also available on the LSC website, at the following address:

http://www.lsc.gov.uk/providers/Data/statistics/learner/EMA_take_up.htm

I hope you find this information useful.