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Education Maintenance Allowance

Volume 477: debated on Thursday 19 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many students had claimed education maintenance allowance for more than two years in each year since 2004-05. (210091)

This is a matter for the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) who have operational responsibility for the EMA for the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) and hold information about payments made under the scheme. Mark Haysom, the LSC’s Chief Executive, will write to the hon. Member for Brecon and Radnorshire with the information requested and a copy of his reply will be placed in the House Library.

Letter from Mark Haysom, dated 17 June 2008:

I am writing in response to your Parliamentary Question that asked; “How many students have claimed Education Maintenance Allowance for more than two years in each year since 2004-05”.

In 2006/07 there were 44,167 learners who have previously received EMA payments in two previous academic years.

In 2007/08, to date, there have been 52,895 learners who had previously received EMA payments in two previous academic years.

I hope this information is useful and addresses your question.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many people in receipt of the education maintenance allowance subsequently did not complete the course of education for which the allowance was provided in each year since its inception; (210270)

(2) how many people were in receipt of the education maintenance allowance in each London borough in each year since its inception.

The LSC operate the education maintenance allowance (EMA) scheme for the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) and hold the information about take-up and payments made under the scheme. Mark Haysom, the LSC’s Chief Executive, will write to the hon. Member with the information requested and a copy of his reply will be placed in the House Library.

The LSC does not collect information specifically about completion rates for learners in receipt of EMA and there are no recent estimates available. However, it would be reasonable to expect improvements in completion rates to contribute to increased attainment by EMA recipients. Recent analysis commissioned by the LSC shows significant positive impacts on the attainment of young people taking Level 2 and Level 3 qualifications. These positive impacts have been particularly strong among more disadvantaged groups such as those from the most deprived neighbourhoods and those who had previously achieved less well academically.

A copy of the results of this evaluation, with a summary of the key findings, was placed in the House Library on 3 December 2007.

Letter from Mark Haysom, dated 17 June 2008:

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

“How many people were in receipt of the education maintenance allowance in each London borough in each year since its inception”.

Information on the number of young people who have applied, enrolled and received Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) is available at Local Authority Level. EMA take-up is defined as young people who have received one or more EMA payments in the academic year.

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.

The following table shows EMA take-up for each London Local Authority area during each academic year since inception:

Area type

Area name

2004/05

2005/06

2006/07

2007/081

National

England

297,259

429,627

527,319

542,710

Region

London

50,896

70,480

83,262

85,170

LSC

London Central

11,171

14,043

16,319

16,035

LA

Camden

1,550

1,749

1,982

1,954

LA

Islington

1,682

1,976

2,233

2,256

LA

Kensington and Chelsea

325

691

891

885

LA

Lambeth

2,791

3,406

3,822

3,666

LA

Southwark

2,647

3,138

3,668

3,484

LA

Wandsworth

1,607

1,948

2,202

2,223

LA

Westminster

569

1,135

1,521

1,567

LSC

London East

18,871

24,229

27,630

28,458

LA

City of London

18

64

70

29

LA

Greenwich

2,161

2,479

2,795

2,875

LA

Hackney

2,841

3,262

3,345

3,390

LA

Lewisham

2,575

2,945

3,606

3,599

LA

Tower Hamlets

3,265

3,626

3,932

3,956

LA

Barking and Dagenham

1,408

1,917

2,315

2,443

LA

Bexley

834

1,552

1,893

2,036

LA

Havering

821

1,498

1,728

1,806

LA

Newham

3,774

4,601

5,095

5,216

LA

Redbridge

1,174

2,285

2,851

3,108

LSC

London North

7,292

10,622

12,820

13,405

LA

Barnet

1,044

2,198

2,818

2,951

LA

Enfield

1,337

2,639

3,499

3,731

LA

Haringey

2,508

2,984

3,409

3,469

LA

Waltham Forest

2,403

2,801

3,094

3,254

LSC

London South

4,253

8,332

10,711

11,062

LA

Bromley

936

1,698

2,059

2,052

LA

Croydon

1,375

2,874

3,828

3,966

LA

Kingston-Upon-Thames

370

706

907

930

LA

Merton

613

1,261

1,694

1,829

LA

Richmond-Upon-Thames

359

683

823

856

LA

Sutton

600

1,110

1,400

1,429

LSC

London West

9,309

13,254

15,782

16,210

LA

Hammersmith and Fulham

1,247

1,429

1,634

1,589

LA

Brent

2,744

3,349

3,762

3,869

LA

Ealing

2,682

3,158

3,440

3,602

LA

Harrow

849

1,785

2,302

2,379

LA

Hillingdon

883

1,695

2,223

2,381

LA

Hounslow

904

1,838

2,421

2,390

1 Year to date—28 August 2007 to 31 May 2008.

EMA take-up data showing the number of young people who have received one or more EMA payments during 2004/05, 2005/06, 2006/07 and to date in 2007/08 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