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Education Maintenance Allowances 2012-13

Published: 27 Mar 2014 09:30
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A National Statistics Publication for Scotland.

Statistics on school pupils and college students supported under the Education Maintenance Allowance scheme were published today by Scotland's Chief Statistician. These statistics relate to the 2012-13 academic year.

Key findings include:

  • 35,515 school pupils and college students received EMA payments in Scotland in the academic year 2012-13, an increase of 3.3% (1,125) from 34,390 in 2011-12.

  • School pupils account for 66% of young people in receipt of EMA payment, with the remaining 34% being college students. Of all the school pupils aged 16-19 years old in Scotland, 34% (23,335) received an EMA payment in 2012-13.

  • Of the EMA recipients whose deprivation classification was known, 26% (9,085) lived within Scotland's 15 per cent most deprived areas.

  • The total spend on EMAs in 2012-13 was £27.8 million, an increase of £0.2 million from £27.6 million in 2011-12. Of this, £19.5 million (70%) was paid out to school pupils, and the remaining £8.3 million (30%) was paid out to young people attending college.


This is a National Statistics publication. National Statistics are produced to high professional standards set out in the National Statistics Code of Practice. They undergo regular quality assurance reviews to ensure that they meet customer needs. They are produced free from any political interference.

This news release, together with associated tables is published on the Scottish Government website at the following address:

The publication tables and analysis by local authority for school pupils can be found at:

Additional information on Education Maintenance Allowances in Scotland can be found at: