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Mr. Boris Johnson: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills (1) how many people receiving education maintenance allowance do not qualify for maintenance grants but would do so under the new student support proposals; 
(2) how many people are receiving education maintenance allowance, broken down by age; and what level of grant they will be eligible for under his new student support proposals. 
Jim Knight: I have been asked to reply.
In the 2006-07 academic year 521,650 students were in receipt of EMA. This includes:
257,680 aged 16.
197,230 aged 17.
64,860 aged 18.
1,880 aged 19.
The threshold for EMA support is lower than the threshold for HE student support. Therefore under current arrangements all students in receipt of EMA would be eligible for some level of HE student support if their household incomes did not increase. We do not currently have information on how many more students would qualify for HE maintenance support under the new proposals.
Under the new proposals all 16-year-olds who receive EMA will be guaranteed a minimum level of support if they undertake a higher education course even if their household incomes increase. All 16-year-olds who receive the maximum level of EMA will be guaranteed the maximum level of maintenance grant (currently 2,700). This financial security will allow young people to look ahead to progressing to HE with confidence and no doubts about the finance support they will receive.
Mr. Rob Wilson: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills (1) what percentage of university level students receive education grants; 
(2) how many university level students receive education grants. 
Bill Rammell: Data on maintenance and higher education grants for students in England 2006/07(1) applying for support through the Student Loans Company are given in the tables.
Maintenance grants were introduced for new full-time English domiciled students entering higher education in 2006/07, and replaced the higher education grant. The maximum amount of support available is £2,700 a year, and how much a student receives depends on their income and that of their household.
(1 )Data for 2006/07 are provisional
|Distribution of maintenance grants|
|Student numbers ( thousand )( 1, 2)||Percentage of total|
|(1) Includes the Special Support Grant which is payable to vulnerable groups of students who are eligible for Department for Work and Pensions benefits.|
(2) Student numbers are rounded to the nearest thousand
Student Loans Company (SLC)
Students who entered higher education in 2004/05 and 2005/06 may be eligible for a means-tested higher education grant of up to £1,000.
|Distribution of higher education grants|
|Student numbers ( thousand )( 1)||Percentage of total( 2)|
|(1) Student numbers are rounded to the nearest thousand.|
(2) Totals may not add due to roundings.
Student Loans Company (SLC)
We have just announced improvements to the student finance package which will help students and graduates manage their finances better. For entrants to HE from 2008/09, the maintenance grant income thresholds have been raised making one third of students eligible for a full grant and another third eligible for a partial grant.
Mr. Waterson: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what the (a) average and (b) maximum student loan was in (i) Eastbourne and (ii) East Sussex in each year since 1997. 
Bill Rammell: The available data is given in the following table:
|Average value of income-contingent student loan, students domiciled in East Sussex, Academic years 1999/00 to 2005/06|
|Academic year( 2)||Average value of income-contingent loan( 1) , East Sussex local authority (£)|
|(1) Figures are rounded to the nearest £10.|
(2) Data are not available prior to 1999/2000
Student Loans Company.
Separate data are not available for Eastbourne.
The maximum amount of maintenance loan to which a student is entitled is dependent upon where they are living during their study, rather than their domicile. The rates are given in the following table:
|Maximum student loans for maintenance in 2006/07|
|Location of study||Full year rates up to||Final year rates( 1 ) up to|
Students living away from their parents home and studying in London
Students living away from their parents home and studying elsewhere
Students living at their parents home (London and elsewhere)
|(1) The amounts of loan are lower in the final year as students leave higher education at the end of the summer and will not need financial support over the summer holiday.|
Mr. Boris Johnson: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what the (a) core budget and (b) total amount of funding received from Government sources was for the (i) Adult Learning Inspectorate, (ii) Basic Skills Agency, (iii) British Educational Communications and Technology Agency, (iv) Business Link Network, (v) Connexions, (vi) the Learning and Skills Council, (vii) the Learning and Skills Network, (viii) the Sector Skills Development Agency, (ix) Skills for Business Network, (x) Office for Fair Access, (xi) Quality Assurance Agency, (xii) Quality Improvement Agency, (xiii) University for Industry and Learndirect and (xiv) National Education Business Partnership Network in (1) 2003-04, (2) 2004-05, (3) 2005-06 and (4) 2006-07; and which of these have Civil service terms and conditions for their staff. 
Mr. Denham: The information requested is set out in the following table. The vast majority of funding is spent on programme expenditure that directly funds learning or other services, for example improving the quality of provision. This funding is included in the category of other/programme expenditure.
The category core funding refers to administrative costs which are the costs of staff salaries as well as other non-pay costs such as accommodation, computer facilities and stationary.
The notes set out where it has not been possible to separate out administrative costs and programme costs or where figures are simply not available.
None of the following organisations have civil service terms and conditions for their staff, though some staff are members of the civil service pension scheme.
|Funding from public sources|
|(1) The core budget figures cover both programme and administration costs and it is not possible to separate these out. Other/programme expenditure relates to fixed term or tendered contracts.|
(2) It is not currently possible to split out the funding for the Business Link Network into core expenditure and programme expenditure.
(3 )Only programme funds are provided to Connexions Partnerships, the majority of which pays for the salary costs of Connexions Personal Advisers. The figures exclude funding for Connexions routed via Local Area Agreements to local authorities since this does not go to Connexions Partnerships. Figures only cover grant from the former DFES. We do not hold figures for any funds brought in by Connexions Partnerships which may include some public sector funding.
(4) These figures include some of the funding identified separately for the University for Industry.
(5) Subject to the successful passage of the Further Education and Training Bill, the LSC is expecting to reduce administration expenditure in 2007-08 through restructuring and the associated reductions in staffing, property and related costs. Expenditure on LSC administration Is expected to reduce from £239 million (2.2 per cent. of LSCs budget) in 2006-07 to planned expenditure of £219 million (1.9 per cent. of LSCs budget) in 2007-08.
(6) The LSN is a private company competing for contracts through competitive tender. It receives some public funding from the QIA which is included separately in the figures quoted for the QIA, Many colleges and other providers in the FE system subscribe to LSN services using public funds, but this is an indirect relationship with government and the funds are not shown here.
(7) The Skills for Business Network is the brand under which the 25 Sector Skills Councils and the SSDA come together for marketing purposes. It is not a separately funded body or a legally constituted body of any description.
(8) The Office for Fair Access was established on 14 October 2004 but expenditure was incurred from 1 July 2004.
(9) Figures cover the HEFCE contract with the QAA only. HEFCE is not the sole source of income for the Quality Assurance Agency which also receives subscriptions from institutions and funding from other UK funding councils. It is not currently possible to provide the breakdown between core and programme expenditure.
(10 )The Quality Improvement Agency was only formed in 2006 so figures have only been provided for that year.
(11) We have not included a breakdown of Ufi administration costs as they are not available in the format required.
(12 )The National Education Business Partnerships Network is the umbrella organisation and national voice for the 126 local Education Business Partnerships working in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Since 2003-04 DFES has grant-funded NEBPN to manage national networks for local and national practitioners of (a) work experience, (b) teachers professional development placements in business, (c) enterprise education. It is not possible to separate out core costs from the programme expenditure.
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