The Tower Hamlets Educational Maintenance Allowance has been secured following Labour representations.
During a meeting on the 9th of September, government commissioners sent in to oversee the grants process agreed to support the continuation of the educational grant designed to promote good attendance and encourage young people to remain in education.
During a previous meeting of the Commissioners in May – prior to the mayoral election – it had been decided that the allowance would be fully reviewed and that no new awards should be made until the review had been fully completed.
Eligible students, aged 16-19, receive grants of £400 per year paid in two tranches of £200. To qualify for an award, students must attend for at least 95% of their sessions.
Cllr Rachael Saunders, Deputy Mayor and Cabinet Member for Education and Children’s Services, commented:
"Given the severe concerns over grant awards under the previous administration, the process we have gone through to review and clean up the council’s grants has been a really important one. There is still work to be done but there is no doubt the council is moving forward.
“I am glad that we have been able to secure the Educational Maintenance Allowance. The grant supports young people to complete their education, and gives them the resources they need to do well. We wanted to get it right, and it is right that the grant continues for the coming year.”
Mayor John Biggs said:
“I’m glad that we have secured the Tower Hamlets Educational Maintenance Allowance. The allowance will continue to support young people while they complete their education and will provide a positive contribution towards their success.”