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Education Maintenance Allowance

Volume 503: debated on Thursday 7 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what plans his Department has to extend the education maintenance allowance to age groups other than those currently eligible; and if he will make a statement. (307442)

The policy intention of education maintenance allowance is to encourage more young people aged 16 to 19 from low-income families to participate in post-compulsory learning. We do not have plans to extend the eligible age group.

Adult learners (aged 19-plus) can apply for the adult learning grant (ALG). This pays up to £30 per week, during term time, to those on low incomes undertaking full-time learning for their first full level 2 or first full level 3 qualification. Young people in receipt of EMA can move on to ALG when they become 19 where they remain in learning.