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Education Maintenance Allowances (EMA) awarded in Wales

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  • Release date: 16 January 2019
  • Period covered: 2017/18 and December 2018
  • Next update: 20 February 2019
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 16-19.

December 2018

Release date: 16 January 2019

Data has been published on StatsWales.


Release date: 26 September 2018

The data, based on applications received by 1 September 2018, are correct as at 4 September 2018.

Key points

  • Approved applications were down 5 per cent on last year, whilst the total number of applications received was up by 9 per cent.
  • 27,870 applications were received for 2017/18.
  • 22,790 (82 per cent) of applications received were approved, 905 (3 per cent) were rejected and 910 (3 per cent) were incomplete(1).
  • 9,540 (42 per cent) of approved applications were from 16 year olds, 8,965 (39 per cent) were from 17 year olds and 4,280 (19 per cent) were from 18 year olds and over.
  • 10,965 (48 per cent) of approved applications were from first year claimants.

(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.


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