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Education Maintenance Allowances (EMA) awarded in Wales

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  • Release date: 27 September 2017
  • Period covered: 2016/17
  • Next update: 20 December 2017
Data includes information by learning centre type, gender and value of EMA awarded.

EMA is a weekly allowance linked to satisfactory attendance, paid fortnightly to eligible students aged 16–18 attending learning centres in Wales. Students qualify for an award depending on household income and family circumstances.

The data, based on applications received by 1 September 2017, are correct as at 06 September 2017.

Key points

  • Approved applications were down 9 per cent on last year, whilst the total number of applications received was down by 10 per cent.
  • A total of 25,635 applications were received for 2016/17.
  • 24,025 (94 per cent) of applications received were approved, 815 (3 per cent) were rejected and 780 (3 per cent) were incomplete(1).
  • 10,195 (42 per cent) of approved applications were from 16 year olds, 9,405 (39 per cent) were from 17 year olds and 4,425 (19 per cent) were from 18 year olds and over.
  • 11,645 (48 per cent) of approved applications were from first year claimants.

Note

(1) These are applications that are either "missing information" (e.g. no date of birth included or "missing evidence" (e.g. birth certificate).

Further information

Monthly data are published on StatsWales and a report is published annually. The annual report provides advice on the quality of this information and how it can be used.

Contact

Statistician
Tel: 0300 025 0533
Email: post16ed.stats@gov.wales

Media
Tel: 0300 025 8099

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