§ Baroness Sharp of Guildford
asked Her Majesty's Government:
(a) how many and (b) what percentage of young people who received education maintenance allowances in each pilot area were studying in further education colleges; and [HL3637]
How much of the funding allocation for the 2003 to 2006 spending review was allocated to the national roll-out of education maintenance allowance in: (a) schools (b) sixth-form colleges; and (c) further education colleges. [HL3638]
§ Baroness Ashton of Upholland:
Nationally, 36 per cent of 16 to 18 year-olds on full-time further education courses are studying in further education colleges. In the 56 EMA pilot areas 136 sixth-form colleges/colleges of further education were involved in EMA. A breakdown of how many students attending further education colleges received EMA in the pilot areas is not available.
For the national scheme, the funding is made available to young people in full-time education whether they are studying in school, sixth-form college or further education college. The money is paid directly to the learner rather than via the institution, and the EMA budget is not split between institutions.