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Education Maintenance Allowance

Volume 493: debated on Tuesday 2 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what his most recent estimate is of the number of children in households with annual income above £30,810 in receipt of education maintenance allowance (EMA) under the EMA guarantee. (277089)

The EMA guarantee was introduced in the current academic year of 2008/09 and relates to entitlement in future years. No young person will receive EMA under the guarantee before academic year 2009/10.

Under the terms of the guarantee, a successful assessment of eligibility based on household income will entitle the learner to up to three years of EMA on the same rate, as long as they enrol on valid provision and keep to their learning contract. Since September 2008, all young people receiving income assessed EMA will be clear what financial support they will be entitled to if they continue in post 16 learning and meet the agreed requirements relating to attendance, behaviour, and progress on their course.