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Education Maintenance Allowance

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 4 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what investigations he has undertaken into the circumstances surrounding the failure of the contract to deliver the education maintenance allowance in 2008; and what conclusions he has drawn from that investigation. (249611)

The Learning and Skills Council (LSC) have operational responsibility for the Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) and as such they contract for the help line, assessment and payment function for EMA. The management of that contract including its performance is a matter for the LSC. The LSC has instigated its own internal review of the contract failures by Liberata last year. The review has been commissioned by Chris Banks the LSC National Chair and Mark Haysom the LSC Chief Executive and is independent of the LSC executive. The review report will go to the LSC National Council in early March. The Department will consider lessons learnt in the light of the outcome of the LSC's review.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families when Miss Emma Roberts of West Lancashire constituency will begin receiving education maintenance allowance payments; and whether those payments will be backdated to September 2008. (252783)

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). Mark Haysom the LSC’s chief executive, will write to the hon. Member for West Lancashire with the information requested and a copy of his reply will be placed in both Libraries.