Even though I drink, I've never actually spent my EMA money on it. I also agree it's a bit 'out there' to say 50% of people in your school spend it on drugs/alcohol. That's quite a stereotypical view! But, if it is true then that is outrageous.
I received EMA but it all went into an ISA where my mum had control over what happened - I wasn't allowed to buy anything without asking my mum first (!), money was meant to be saved for university. To be honest the majority *has* gone on university expenses - textbooks, food and rent mainly. It didn't go on school stuff though, transport was provided as I lived nine miles from my nearest school, pens can be bought very cheap, my bag came from new look, and papers were either given or bought on the cheap from Tesco!
EMA is given out to stop those children who would probably drop out of school, after doing their GCSES actually dropping out of school, it provides an incentive for them to go for school and at the end of the day if 50% of those children end up in emplyment after finishing 7th year, it will save the government money as they wont be on the dole, thats why EMA is given out, as realistically who is ever going to need to spend £30 a week on school materials!
Most people spend EMA on drugs, but so what? EMA is your extra pocket money for you to spend on whatever you want. It's just a bribe to keep you going to school. It's not meant to be spent on anything in particular...
(Original post by concubine)
Boo ****ing hoo? I never got EMA and I walked 4 miles there and back each day.
No need to get angry or jealous - I wasn't complaining, but answering a question honestly.
Also, to be more specific, there was a four mile walk on the other side of the bus journey, making the walk around seven and a half miles in total. That's why I used the money to get the bus, especially if it was raining during the winter. That's exactly what EMA is supposed to be for...
(Original post by popsicles3)
I'm not too sure how they could afford it considering the boundary for EMA is about £30k, maybe they're doing the whole 'single parent' scam? - meaning there is a rich parent who doesn't live with the child who gives them money, pays school fees ect, then a less well off parent who the child actually lives with, and EMA is means tested on who you live with.. e.g the parent with less money.
I knew somebody that did that, went to a private college paid for by their dad, but lived with their mum so got £30 a week EMA.
When I used to get EMA in college, I could barely ever afford to spend it on anything but college related things, my travel costs and lunch for the week pretty much used up the whole £30!
Although if I did manage to save some then I never had any problems with spending it on something I wanted, an item of clothing or something like that, I wasn't getting any from anywhere else.
I don't know whether it was the same at other people's colleges, but the rules that determined whether you got your EMA each week were really harsh at mine. It used to suck so much when you were late one morning, whether it be due to buses or what, and you didn't receive your money for the entire week, and i'm talking if you're more than 5 minutes late just one day in the week. It happened numerous times to me over the 2 years, mostly due to how far away I lived so it was usually because of the buses. You knew that the following week was going to be a struggle to find the money to get into college, either that or no lunch for week!
Getting EMA was good and obviously helpful, but i'd much rather my family be financially secure than get £30 a week for 2 years!
(Original post by t0ffee)
Probably a very large one. Subsidized travel and free textbooks would be a more than adequate replacement for ema imi.
I have been to three or four preformals with school and spent maybe £25 each time. That's £100 maximum. Considering my EMA is £30 a week I don't think that's a drastic amount.
I have free buses to and from my school, so if you mean travel to there that's silly. I'd ask for a discounted bus card but I already have 30% off because I use EMA to pay for a card pre-loaded with journeys. Textbooks are provided by school. :P
EMA was always intended to keep kids in school who would have ended up on the dole, not to improve their learning experience or anything. The point is you spend it on what you want/need.
I didn't claim it as I didn't realise I was eligible. I do regret it in a way but I would have just spent it on crap.
It's useful for those who have to pay out the nose for travel/books and other things but it's open for abuse.
I don't believe people should have a cash reward for going into higher ed but support for those in need is definitely important. It should be done on an individual basis but this is expensive and time consuming- like student loans who we all know are ****.
It has nothing to do with you. Stick to your studies, you're a child, you know nothing about politics, you can't think outside the basic 'it's not fair, just cos my parents work harder than the chavs!' box.
You're a little young to be having heart attacks over taxes.
It always make me laugh, matters of EMA, benefits etc are the only time capitalists adopt the socialist mindset of 'fair' and equality. Haha. **** off.
Most people at my school spent it on alcohol but what is it supposed to be spent on? Most people lived at home, got food off their parents and walked to school. I would guess as many as half the people I knew on it needed it less than me even though I didnt get it, it helps out people with seperated parents and people whos parents fiddle their incomes as much as it helps poor people.