I've now got figures on the level of damage the abolition of EMAs is going to inflict on Birmingham's younger citizens. Nearly 20,000 young Birmingham citizens receive EMAs - that's up 55% in the last 5 years.

Here's the response I got from the House of Commons library this week.

"The only published local-level information on EMAs is by local authority, which is published on the Young People’s Learning Agency website. This gives the total number of recipients by year and also month-by-month data on applicants. No constituency figures have been published, even in response to Parliamentary Questions. The number of recipients of EMA in Birmingham since national rollout in 2004-05 is given below.

2004/05 - 12,749

2009/10 - 19,862

2010/11 - 18,775

The 2010/11 figure is at the end of December 2010. No new applications can now be taken, but recipients will continue to receive EMA for the rest of the academic year so long as their circumstances do not change. Within the 2010/11 figure 1,195 qualified for EMA through work-based learning the rest were in full time education (EMA learner numbers to December 2010, YPLA).

You might also be interested in a Library note on EMAs which provides national-level data. http://www.parliament.uk/briefingpapers/commons/lib/research/briefings/snsg-05778.pdf"