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Dear Student Loans Company Limited,

Per the FOI, I politely request the following data:

1. How many student tuition fee loan applications did you receive in your 2017-2018 accountancy period? (Please specify from which months you start your calculations- ie is it April to March? Or other period?)

2. How many did you approve in that period?

3. How many maintenance loan applications for did you receive in your 2017-2018 accountancy period? (Please specify from which months you start your calculations- ie is it April to March? Or other period?)

4. How many did you approve in that period?

5. How many applications for childcare grants did you receive in your 2017-2018 accountancy period? (Please specify from which months you start your calculations- ie is it April to March? Or other period?)

6. How many did you approve in that period?

7. How many applications for parents learners allowance did you receive in your 2017-2018 accountancy period? (Please specify from which months you start your calculations- ie is it April to March? Or other period?)

8. How many did you approve in that period?

Yours faithfully,

M Martin

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FOI Requests, Y Cwmni Benthyciadau i Fyfyrwyr

Dear M Martin

Thank you for your email dated 06/08/2019.

Your request is being considered under the terms of the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 (“FOIA”).

Your request has been allocated reference number 141-19.

Before progressing your request, we would like to establish if your
reference to 2017-18 accounting period can be changed to the 2017/18
academic year.  The reason for this is that student finance applications
relate to a specific academic year and not an accounting period.  

Also, student finance applicants do not apply separately for individual
student finance products - applications are made through the main student
finance application form, so it will not be possible to provide number of
applications at an individual product level, although we can confirm
numbers approved by individual product.  We trust this will be acceptable.

Once we have received your response in relation to the slight revision to
your request we will respond to you under the terms of the FOIA and within
20 working days.

We will contact you further for clarification of your request if this is
considered necessary.  

Yours sincerely

Louise Chapman | Senior Legal Executive
Student Loans Company
100 Bothwell Street, Glasgow G2 7JD
e: 32080  t: 0141 306 2080

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Dear FOI Requests,

Thank you for your response. Per my request, as I was unsure of how you accounted your date periods, I am satisfied that academic year 2017/18 is satisfactory.

However I am not happy to bundle your different products into an overall response regarding approvals. Otherwise if one of these products is approved whilst 10 others are rejected The figures provided will give a false positive.

I am particularly interested in how many Parent learner allowances and childcare grants you have declined and I think it would also be a matter of public interest.

I note that the SFE do not publish what the eligibility threshold figures for these two products are, rendering many such applications pointless and likely leading to refusal. There are a number of forums expressing disappointment in your refusals and non transparent policy. Hence my request for transparency regarding declined or refused applications on these particular products. Please provide or if necessary establish those figures for these two products.

In the interim I will accept the partial breakdown figures of your product approvals.

Yours sincerely,

M Martin

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your email will be passed to the relevant department. Alternatively,
please contact us using the contact details available at
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FOI Requests, Y Cwmni Benthyciadau i Fyfyrwyr

Dear Mr Martin

I refer to your recent email dated 06/08/2018 requesting the following
information about Student Finance England applications under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 (“FOIA”):

“1. How many student tuition fee loan applications did you receive in your
2017-2018 accountancy period? (Please specify from which months you start
your calculations- ie is it April to March? Or other period?)

2. How many did you approve in that period?

3. How many maintenance loan applications for did you receive in your
2017-2018 accountancy period? (Please specify from which months you start
your calculations- ie is it April to March? Or other period?)

4. How many did you approve in that period?

5. How many applications for childcare grants did you receive in your
2017-2018 accountancy period? (Please specify from which months you start
your calculations- ie is it April to March? Or other period?)

6. How many did you approve in that period?

7. How many applications for parents learners allowance did you receive in
your 2017-2018 accountancy period? (Please specify from which months you
start your calculations- ie is it April to March? Or other period?)

8. How many did you approve in that period?”

We asked if a response on an academic year basis would suffice as student
finance applications relate to an academic year rather than a financial
year or other accountancy period. You confirmed that academic year figures
would be accepted in your email of 08/08/2019.

Response

As advised previously, applications for all student finance products are
made through one main application. Not all products have a specific
question asking whether an applicant wishes to apply for the specific
product – eligibility and entitlement to products will be determined by
information provided by the applicant. We have endeavoured to answer your
questions as best we can, using a number of different sources.

Questions 1 to 4 – Tuition fee and maintenance loans

Please refer to the table below for the requested information:
|----------------+-----------+-------------------------+--------------+------------|
|Table 1: Loan | | | | |
|Type Applied For| | | | |
|----------------+-----------+-------------------------+--------------+------------|
| | | | | * Rounded |
|----------------+-----------+-------------------------+--------------+------------|
|Academic Year |Domicile |Loan Types Applied For: | Application | Number of|
| | | | Approved for |Applications|
| | | | Payment | |
|----------------+-----------+-------------------------+--------------+------------|
|2017/18 |England |Maintenance and Fee Loan | N | |
| | | | |68,100 |
|----------------+-----------+-------------------------+--------------+------------|
| | | | Y | |
| | | | |1,035,200 |
|----------------+-----------+-------------------------+--------------+------------|
| | |Fee Loan Only | N | |
| | | | |29,600 |
|----------------+-----------+-------------------------+--------------+------------|
| | | | Y | |
| | | | |173,600 |
|----------------+-----------+-------------------------+--------------+------------|
| | |Maintenance Loan Only | N | |
| | | | |4,000 |
|----------------+-----------+-------------------------+--------------+------------|
| | | | Y | |
| | | | |59,700 |
|----------------+-----------+-------------------------+--------------+------------|

[1] number of applications rounded to the nearest 100.
[2] effective date is 31/07/2019

In addition, we would refer you to the published statistics on Student
Support for Higher Education in England 2018 which are available at
https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics...
. Table 2 confirms provisional award figures for academic year 2017/18.

Questions 5 to 8 – Parents’ Learning Allowance (“PLA”) and Childcare Grant
(“CCG)

The relevant main application question indicating an application for both
of these products is as follows:

“Are you under 25, living with a partner and applying for Childcare Grant
or Parents’ Living Allowance?”

While we can provide numbers answer “yes” to this question, this only
applies to applicants under 25 and living with a partner and not reflective
of others applicants who are over 25 and/or not living with a partner.
This table reflecting these figures is below:
|----------------+----------+------------------------+--------------+------------|
|Table 2: | | | | |
|Childcare Grant | | | | |
|or Parents' | | | | |
|Learning | | | | |
|Allowance | | | | |
|----------------+----------+------------------------+--------------+------------|
| | | | | |
|----------------+----------+------------------------+--------------+------------|
|Academic Year |Domicile | | Application | Number of|
| | | | Approved for |Applications|
| | | | Payment | |
|----------------+----------+------------------------+--------------+------------|
|2017/18 |England |Are you under 25, living| N |500 |
| | | with a partner and | | |
| | | applying for Childcare | | |
| | | Grant or Parents’ | | |
| | | Learning Allowance? | | |
|----------------+----------+------------------------+--------------+------------|
| | | | Y | |
| | | | |2,000 |
|----------------+----------+------------------------+--------------+------------|

[1] number of applications rounded to the nearest 100.
[2] effective date is 31/07/2019

There are no other indicators that allow us to isolate PLA applications, as
PLA is not a product applied for in its own right, rather a means-tested
product which can be awarded to applicants with children who apply for
their core funding on a means tested basis. Accordingly, figures of PLA
applications are not held by SLC. We can, however, confirm the number of
applicants awarded PLA, and this can be found in Table 4C of the January
2019 updated to our published statistics on Student Support for Higher
Education in England 2018. As this information is in the public domain it
is technically exempt from disclosure under section 21(1) of the FOIA as it
is considered reasonably accessible to you by other means. The statistics
can be found at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics...

We can confirm the number of CCG1 application forms received for academic
year 2017/18, which are required in order to apply for CCG as well as
answering the relevant questions in the main student finance application
form. We received 43,459 CCG1 applications from 32,820 unique customers.
The number of applicants awarded CCG can be found in Table 4C of the
January 2019 update to our Student Support for Higher Education in England
2018 published statistics (so also technically exempt from disclosure under
section 21(1) of the FOIA).

Additional information

In your email of 08/08/2019 you referred to applications for PLA and CCG
being rejected. Individuals applying for any Grant for Dependant (“GFD”)
products, including PLA and CCG, can be eligible to receive these products,
however as these are means-tested products, their household income level
results in their entitlement being zero. You have also made reference to
not publishing eligibility threshold figures for PLA and CCG.

The eligibility criteria for PLA and CCG is set out in regulations 45 and
46 of the Education (Student Support) Regulations 2011 (as amended). The
original 2011 Regulations can be found at
http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2011/..., with amending
provisions available at
http://www.legislation.gov.uk/changes/af...

SLC administers student finance products, including PLA and CCG, in line
with the relevant statutory framework and policy guidance issued by the
Department for Education. The policy guidance on CCG, which explains the
statutory provisions, can be found in the Grants for Dependants 2017/18
Guidance Chapter, which can be found online at
https://www.practitioners.slc.co.uk/medi...
.

Further information can be found at
https://www.practitioners.slc.co.uk/medi...

CCG and PLA are income assessed and subject to:
· Dependants’ contribution (calculated based on the dependants’ own
income); and
· Financial contribution (calculated based on the income of the student
and their sponsors)

There are no minimum or maximum income thresholds used in the calculations
for GFDs, including PLA and CCG. The amount of GFD will depend on a
student’s residual household income, which is calculated by deducting the
relevant disregard from their household income

Internal review process

If you are dissatisfied with the handling of your request, you have the
right to ask for an internal review.

Internal review requests should be submitted within two months of the date
of receipt of the response to your original request and should be addressed
to the Freedom of Information Office, Student Loans Company Limited, 100
Bothwell Street, Glasgow, G2 7JD, or by email: [SLC request email].
Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future
communications.

If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review, you have
the right to apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a decision.
The Information Commissioner can be contacted at:

Information Commissioner's Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF

Yours sincerely

Ray Gribben| Solicitor
Student Loans Company
100 Bothwell Street, Glasgow G2 7JD
ext: 33841 direct dial: 0141 243 3841

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Nid ydym yn gwybod a yw'r ymateb mwyaf diweddar i'r cais hwn yn cynnwys gwybodaeth neuai peidio - os chi ywM Martin mewngofnodwch a gadael i bawb wybod.