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Education Maintenance Allowance

Volume 507: debated on Monday 15 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many people in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) England have received education maintenance allowance in each year since its inception; (321112)

(2) how many people in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) England received education maintenance allowance in 2009;

(3) how many people in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) nationwide have received education maintenance allowance in each year since 2008-09.

This information is held by the Learning and Skills Council (LSC). I have asked the LSC’s chief executive, Geoff Russell, to write to my hon. Friend with the information requested.

Letter from Geoff Russell, dated 5 March 2010:

I am writing in response to your Parliamentary Questions 321112, 313484 and 313485.

Information on the number of young people who have received Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) is available at Local Authority Level, but not at constituency level. EMA take-up is defined as young people who have received one or more EMA payments in the academic year.

The following table shows EMA take-up during each academic year since inception for England, the North East, South Tyneside Local Authority area and Gateshead Local Authority area.

Area type

Area

2004/05

2005/06

2006/07

2007/08

2008/09

2009/10 to end-January 2010

National

England

297,259

429,627

527,319

546,472

540,908

599,791

Region

North East

19,409

25,755

32,528

33,803

34,934

36,425

LA

South Tyneside

1,636

1,711

2,148

2,326

2,251

2,422

LA

Gateshead

1,842

2,000

2,268

2,445

2,532

2,673

In comparing across years, it is important to understand that national roll-out was phased over several years. In the first year EMA was available to all 16 year olds across England and to 17 and 18 year olds in former pilot areas. In 2005/06 EMA was available to all 16 and 17 year olds nationally. From 2006/07 EMA was available to all 16, 17 and 18 year olds nationally.

EMA take-up data showing the number of young people who have received one or more EMA payments during 2004/05, 2005/06, 2006/07 and 2007/08 is available on the LSC website, at the following address:

http://www.lsc.gov.uk/providers/Data/statistics/learner/EMA_take_up.htm