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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-16352: Ross Greer (West Scotland)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 3 May 2018

To ask the Scottish Government how many people have been eligible for Educational Maintenance Allowance in each year since 2006-07; how many claimed it, and what analysis it has made of the reasons why people who were eligible did not make a claim.

Answered by: John Swinney 16 May 2018

The Education Maintenance Allowance is an entitlement in Scotland and is available to all eligible young people, but there is no comprehensive data which allows the Scottish Government to record who is eligible for Education Maintenance Allowance.

Young people in receipt of Education Maintenance Allowance from 2006-07 to
2016-17 is as follows:

Young People in Receipt of EMA; 2006-07 to 2016-17

 

Academic Year

2006-07

2007-08

2008-09

2009-10

2010-11

2011-12

2012-13

2013-14

2014-15

2015-16

2016-17

Total

37,480

37,275

39,000

37,230

34,780

34,390

35,515

35,470

33,180

31,735

31,675

The last analysis of the impact of Education Maintenance Allowance was conducted by York Consulting LLP and commissioned by the Enterprise, Transport and Lifelong Learning Department, and was published in July 2007. See attached link:

http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2007/07/30113243/0 .