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Educational Maintenance Allowance: City of York
29 March 2010
Volume 508
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To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many education maintenance allowances have been paid to young people from the City of York in each year since 2004-05. [322120]

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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 22 March 2010:

I am writing in response to your Parliamentary Question 322120 that asked:

“How many education maintenance allowances have been paid to young people from City of York in each year since 2004-05.”

EMA take-up is defined as young people who have received one or more EMA payments in the academic year. EMA take-up for York Local Authority area during each academic year since inception is as follows:

Number

2004/05

590

2005/06

1,178

2006/07

1,327

2007/08

1,392

2008/09

1,409

2009/10 (to end January 2010)

1,490

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