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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-00278: George Adam (Paisley)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 26 May 2016

To ask the Scottish Government what proportion of (a) school pupils and (b) college students in deprived areas receives support from the Education Maintenance Allowance Programme.

Answered by: Shirley-Anne Somerville 9 June 2016

The Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) Programme aims to provide support for young people aged 16 to 19 from low income families to overcome financial barriers to stay on in post-16 education, either in school or on a further education (FE) college course.

College students aged 16 to 19 enrolled on FE courses have access to either EMA or when they reach 18 years of age, an FE bursary for financial support. A student cannot receive both EMA and an FE bursary and it is at the discretion of colleges as to which one the student receives. Students enrolled on higher education (HE) courses are not eligible for EMA or FE Bursaries and apply directly to the Student Award Agency for Scotland for support.

In academic year 2014-15:

(a) 51 per cent of all 16 to 19 year old school pupils living in the 20 per cent most deprived areas in Scotland received EMA

(b) 26 per cent of all 16 to 19 year old FE college students living in the 20 per cent most deprived areas in Scotland received EMA

Further information on EMA recipients and deprivation background can be found in the latest Scottish Government national statistics publication on EMAs for 2014-15 released on 23 March 2016. Link to publication below:

http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2016/03/8840/0

Source: Scottish Government and Scottish Funding Council.