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Education Maintenance Allowance: Further Education

Volume 481: debated on Thursday 23 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what recent discussions he has had with the Learning and Skills Council on delays in education maintenance allowance payments for students in further education colleges. (229016)

Ministers from the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) and the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS) hold regular meetings with the Learning and Skills Council (LSC), which includes discussion of learner support and Education Maintenance Allowances (EMAs). The latest meeting took place with the LSC on 21 October 2008.

The LSC is responsible for the delivery of EMA and is providing regular updates on performance. The position as it relates to delivery of EMA is set out in my right hon. Friend, the Minister for Schools and Learners' letter of 8 October to the chair of the Children, Schools and Families Select Committee.