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Schools: Leaving Age

Volume 697: debated on Monday 17 December 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What financial provision has been made in forward estimates to cover the costs of raising the school leaving age to 18. [HL880]

The estimated costs of raising the participation age were set out in the impact assessment published alongside the Education and Skills Bill on 29 November. In total the costs of RPA over and above 90 per cent participation are around £774 million in present value terms (in 2016-17 prices). These are dominated by the direct participation costs of more young people being in education and training which are estimated to be around £583 million in a steady state. The projected costs associated with the Bill over the next three years are included within the total CSR funding. The majority of the costs for raising the participation age will occur in subsequent spending review periods and will be dealt with initially through the spending review 2009.