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Home > News > January 2006 > 05-Jan-2006

LSC urges young people to apply for EMA

The Learning and Skills Council (LSC) has announced that over 380,000 students across England have received Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) payments since the start of the September term.

The LSC, which operates the scheme, says that EMA entitles students who continue in training or further education at 16 and who live in a household with an annual income of up to £30K, to £10, £20 or £30 a week paid directly into their bank accounts, in return for regular attendance on their courses.

The LSC believes that 2006 will see even more young people benefit from the allowance as 16 and 17-year-olds enrol on short-courses in January, some of whom will be eligible to receive EMA payments. The organisation adds that students who take vocational courses such as NVQs, as well as those studying A levels at school or college can apply for the allowance at any time throughout the academic year.

Maria Eagle, minister for children, young people and families, said: "I am really pleased that so many students are now benefiting from regular EMA payments. I am particularly pleased that they are attaining qualifications and developing skills that will help them to succeed in life.

"I urge all young people who may feel tempted to drop out into low-paid work to get in touch with their local college and enquire about available courses. It's a great way to boost their career prospects and earnings potential long term."

Trevor Fellowes, director of learner support at the Learning and Skills Council, said: "We are extremely pleased that over 380,000 students are receiving EMA, many of whom wouldn't have had the means to continue in education or training after their GCSEs. We expect this number to increase throughout 2006 and would encourage all young people who haven't applied to find out if they are eligible for EMA.

"We would also like to remind parents that EMA doesn't affect any other family benefits and young people can still work part-time and receive cash while they learn."

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