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Data Provider: Welsh Government National Statistics Approved applications for Education Maintenance Allowances by LEA and type of award
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[Collapse]AgeThe EMA Wales scheme is now available to 16, 17 and 18 year olds (and 19 year olds in certain circumstances*). For these monthly data, an age breakdown is not available.* A student aged 19 years old who presents a 4th year application, will be assessed against the following additional criteria:- He/she has not received more than 2 years support in the previous 3 years.- He/she applied for a 3rd year but withdrew before the 11th week of their course. This would be considered a false start and he/she could apply for a 4th year of support without any detrimental effect. [Filtered]
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Learning CentreThe type of learning centre attended by the applicant in accordance with their most recent learning agreement. [Filtered]
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[Collapse]Award TypeEMA award amounts were initially £10, £20 or £30 per week with bonus payments at specific dates in the year.<br />From 2011/12 EMA awards became £30 per week with no bonus payments.<br />From 17 April 2023 the £30 award was increased to £40 per week. The £30 award for 2022/23 includes payments made from the 17th April at the new higher amount.<br />[Filtered]
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[Expand]Click here to sortAll EMA Awards
[Collapse]All Applications15,510
All ApplicationsIsle Of Anglesey280
Gwynedd520
Conwy510
Denbighshire470
Flintshire500
Wrexham590
Powys520
Ceredigion360
Pembrokeshire590
Carmarthenshire960
Swansea1,270
Neath Port Talbot830
Bridgend700
The Vale Of Glamorgan560
Cardiff1,950
Rhondda Cynon Taf1,350
Merthyr Tydfil330
Caerphilly1,030
Blaenau Gwent460
Torfaen540
Monmouthshire270
Newport920
Outside Wales*The data item is disclosive or not sufficiently robust for publication
Unknown*The data item is disclosive or not sufficiently robust for publication

Metadata

Title

Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA)

Last update

29 November 2023 29 November 2023

Next update

November 2024

Publishing organisation

Welsh Government

Contact email

HigherEducationAndStudentFinance.Stats@gov.wales

Designation

National Statistics

Lowest level of geographical disaggregation

Local authorities

Geographical coverage

Wales

Languages covered

English only

General description

Source: Student Loans Company
Contact: HigherEducationAndStudentFinance.Stats@gov.wales

This table presents information on the number of approved applications for Education Maintenance Allowances (EMAs) from students in Welsh schools on further education institutions.


Data collection and calculation

Data is based on applications received by 31st August 2023, and were extracted on 4th October 2023.

Frequency of publication

Annual

Data reference periods

The current academic years' StatsWales figures are updated monthly and are correct at time of publication.

Users, uses and context

This table presents information on the number of approved applications for Education Maintenance Allowances (EMAs) from students in Welsh schools or further education institutions. The EMA Wales scheme was introduced for 16 year olds in 2004/05, extended to include 17 year olds in 2005/06 and finally 18 year olds in 2006/07.

Data from 2007/08 onwards contain some 19 year olds who were eligible for support.

Data is based on applications received by 31st August 2023, and were extracted from the Student Loans Company on 1st September 2023.

The scheme is designed as an incentive for students from lower-income families to remain in full-time education after the age at which compulsory schooling ends. The EMA is a weekly allowance, paid fortnightly to students in Welsh institutions.
EMA award amounts were initially £10, £20 or £30 per week with bonus payments at specific dates in the year.
From 2011/12 EMA awards became £30 per week with no bonus payments.
From 17 April 2023 the £30 award was increased to £40 per week. The £30 award for 2022/23 includes payments made from the 17th April at the new higher amount.


Rounding applied

Most figures have been rounded to the nearest 10. Due to rounding the sums of some rows or columns may not add to the total figure given.

Revisions information

The data includes all approved qualifications. Prior to the amendment, 2013/14 and 2014/15 data only included approved qualifications with at least one payment.

Weblinks

Education Maintenance Allowance, funding for Further Education | Student Finance Wales

Statistical quality

Figures are subject to revisions following further SLC processing, for example due to applications being reclassified from EMA to Pathways to Apprenticeships or vice versa.

Keywords

EMA; Education Maintenance Allowance; Further Education; FE; Post-16