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Education Maintenance Allowance

Volume 494: debated on Friday 19 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what discussions he has had with ministerial colleagues on eligibility criteria for the education maintenance allowance; and if he will make a statement. (281222)

The current eligibility criteria for education maintenance allowance (EMA) are designed to encourage learners from lower income households to participate in post compulsory learning. Evaluation of the EMA pilots has shown that EMA has led to increases in both participation and attainment. I have not had any discussions with ministerial colleagues about eligibility criteria for EMA.