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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-03843: Monica Lennon (Central Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 18 October 2016

To ask the Scottish Government how much was paid in Education Maintenance Allowance payments in each of the last 12 years to (a) male and (b) female students.

Answered by: John Swinney 1 November 2016

The following table details the Education Maintenance Payments (EMA) made to young people since academic year 2006-07 disaggregated by gender. The most recent EMA statistics publication is available at http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2016/03/8840/downloads.

The EMA is an entitlement in Scotland and a demand led programme which means that any person who meets the eligibility criteria will receive support. Therefore, the spend will fluctuate depending on how many people qualify for the award.

Table 6. EMA payment spend (£) by gender: 2006-07 to 2014-15

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Number of Recipients

Total Payments (£)

Weekly Payments (£)

Bonus Payments (£)

Academic Year

Male

Female

Male

Female

Male

Female

Male

Female

2006-07

17,245

20,235

14,847,315

17,585,970

11,663,865

13,766,220

3,183,450

3,819,750

2007-08

16,955

20,320

15,207,780

18,132,660

11,864,430

14,112,660

3,343,350

4,020,000

2008-09

17,870

21,130

16,250,880

19,190,280

12,636,180

14,901,780

3,614,700

4,288,500

2009-10

17,385

19,850

15,527,450

17,664,240

12,545,450

14,255,640

2,982,000

3,408,600

2010-11

16,660

18,115

12,939,870

14,237,350

12,939,870

14,237,350

0

0

2011-12

16,730

17,660

13,327,560

14,285,580

13,327,560

14,285,580

0

0

2012-13

17,400

18,115

13,544,105

14,273,090

13,544,105

14,273,090

0

0

2013-14

17,175

17,885

13,807,980

14,526,005

13,807,980

14,526,005

0

0

2014-15

16,300

16,875

12,864,120

13,620,240

12,864,120

13,620,240

0

0

Revision: The college EMA figures and total EMA figures for 2013-14 and 2014-15 have been revised.

The figures originally published on Wednesday 23 March 2016 were based on incomplete college EMA datasets.

Figures in this table have been rounded to the nearest 5.

 

 

 

 

Information about EMA payments made to young people in academic years 2004-05 and 2005-06 are available through the following links –

2004-05 – http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2005/06/21164517/45189

2005-06 - http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2006/11/13100200/0

Due to changes made to EMA eligibility criteria in the first years of roll out and improvements made to the data collection methodology in academic year 2006-07 which reduced double counting of recipients, direct comparison with later years and is not included in the table.