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Education Maintenance Allowances (EMA) awarded in Wales

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  • Release date: 16 April 2014
  • Period covered: 31 March 2014
  • Next update: 14 May 2014
A monthly report which includes information by learning centre type, gender and value of EMA awarded.

The EMA Wales scheme was introduced for 16 year olds for the first time in 2004/05. In 2005/06, the scheme was extended to include 16 and 17 year olds and, in 2006/07, 18 year olds. The scheme is designed to provide an incentive for students from lower-income families to continue and remain in full-time education. It is a weekly allowance linked to satisfactory attendance, for eligible students attending learning centres in Wales.  

The data, based on applications received by 31 March 2014, are correct as at 4 April 2014.

Key points

  • A total of 31,595 EMA Wales applications had been received for academic year 2013/14.
  • 30,125 (95 per cent) of applications received were approved, 785 (3 per cent) were rejected and 650 (2 per cent) were incomplete.

We have recently consulted on the future method of releasing these data. As a result, following this release, monthly data will be published through StatsWales only. Please see para 7 of the Notes section of the release.


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