Publication - Statistics publication

Education maintenance allowances: 2016 to 2017

Published: 1 May 2018
Directorate:
Learning Directorate
Part of:
Education, Statistics
ISBN:
9781788518536

The Education Maintenance Allowances (EMA) programme aims to provide support for young people aged 16 to 19 from low income families to stay on in education.

Contents
Education maintenance allowances: 2016 to 2017
1. Background information on Education Maintenance Allowances (EMA)

1. Background information on Education Maintenance Allowances (EMA)

1. The 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 college course or take up an activity agreement.

2. The programme is an entitlement and demand led programme which is administered by local authorities and colleges on behalf of Scottish Ministers. A weekly payment of £30 is made to a young person and is subject to attendance and agreement of a learning plan. Additional information on Education Maintenance Allowance in Scotland can be found at: www.mygov.scot/ema/.

3. A summary of the policy changes which have occurred can be seen in the table below.

Time of policy change

Description of policy

August 2004

EMA introduced across Scotland for 16 year olds, initially consisting of weekly payments of £10, £20 and £30 categories dependent on household income. Following satisfactory attendance and learning agreement completion, bonus payments of £150 each were payable in January and June.

Academic year 2005-06

Eligibility extended to all 17 year olds

Academic year 2006-07

Eligibility extended to all 18 year olds

Academic year 2007-08

Eligibility extended to all 19 year olds

Academic year 2009-10

£10 and £20 payments were removed, and income threshold for £30 payment was set to £20,351. Additional higher income threshold of £22,403 was introduced for families with more than one dependent child.

Academic year 2010-11

Bonus payments removed from all recipients

January 2016

EMA programme extended to include part-time, non-advanced college courses. Income thresholds increased to £24,421 for families with one dependent child and £26,884 for families with more than one dependent child in the household.


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