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Students: Finance

Volume 479: debated on Monday 1 September 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many students resident in the London Borough of Bexley received an (a) education maintenance allowance and (b) special support grant in 2007-08. (215056)

The part of the question on education maintenance allowance (EMA) 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 Bexleyheath and Crayford with the information requested and a copy of his reply will be placed in the House Library.

30 students from the London borough of Bexley received a special support grant (SSG) in academic year 2006/07. Complete figures are not yet available for academic year 2007/08.

Letter from Mark Haysom to David Evennett, dated 25 July 2008:

I am writing in response to your Parliamentary Question that asked; "How many students resident in the London Borough of Bexley received an (a) education maintenance allowance and (b) special support grant in 2007-08.” As responsibility for the operation of the Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) scheme lies with the Learning and Skills Council, your question has been forwarded for my attention.

Part (b) of your question was answered in Bill Rammell's written reply of Monday 30 June 2008.

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 was available to all 16, 17 and 18 year olds nationally.

EMA take-up for Bexley Local Authority area in the academic year 2007/08, up to 30 June 08, is 2,039.

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.