Impact assessment

EMA replacement scheme: 16 to 19 bursaries and associated transitional arrangements - equality impact assessment

This equality impact assessment looks at how the government aims to ensure that learner support funds help young people who face financial barriers.

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government



EMA (education maintenance allowance) has been replaced with the 16 to 19 bursary fund. This fund is distributed to schools, colleges and work-based training providers to provide financial support to young people aged 16 to 19 participating in full-time education or training. We want the most vulnerable young people to be assured of a specific level of support.


  • description of the policy
  • how will 16 to 19 bursaries operate?
  • the evidence base
  • what the evidence shows
  • challenges and opportunities
  • opportunities
  • next steps
Published 15 April 2011