I don't think I have ever read such rubbish. I don't get EMA, and my mum (a single parent who earns enough to not entitle me to any EMA and works extremely hard in the NHS for it) and I don't get any money from my mum for college, clothes etc. I have to pay for it all myself as she cant afford to-ie. she has to pay for the house etc, and so I have to have a job to pay for everything. I haven't even learnt to drive yet because I can't afford to. Yet my friends who get £30 a week, and arguably their families have much more disposable income than my mum, use their EMA for saving up for holidays, driving etc. and don't have to have a job to survive (it takes me nearly 2 months of wages just to pay for my annual bus pass to get to college). I think you should stop being so close minded!
By this logic, are people who don't get EMA and don't get anything from their parents or even live in a nice house allowed to complain?
The assumption is on par with the assumption that every EMA-getter spends it on alcohol.
In short, everyone just shut the **** up about ******* EMA.
LOL, when I was at 6th Form EMA didn't even exist so count yourselves lucky!
I wouldn't agree with what you have said under normal circumstances but even if i did don't you think the situation has changed slightly though what with the current economic climate i mean many 'non EMAers' like myself aren't as well off as you think before the recession but now are worse off...
Dad works for a bank and his wages decreased etc and savings have also.
I mean since I got my cash machine card I have had to pay for stuff and so now have a part time job to pay for driving and insurance on my dad's car etc so never did get too many extras from my parents anyway
now we are really economising due to risk of him losing his job etc...
so people who get EMA aren't the only people who aren't getting too many extras etc from parents....
that post was complete and utter ********, out of the people i know on EMA, 4 are atleast twice as rich as me, 3 richer, 2 same, only 1 poorer, i don't get £30 from parents for ****
i have to work myself to earn cash to go out, if i don't work, i don't go out, simple really, it's just free cash for 80% of the people who are on it
I don't get EMA. My parents could afford to give me £30 a week, but they do not. I would never expect them to do so, because I am capable of funding my own ventures, not being a lazy, tax-dodging *******.
When I was in college, the people who received EMA were almost without question completely uninterested in education. They were there for the money and so would disrupt the class as a way to entertain themselves, subsquently lowering the standard for the rest of us.
The ones who did not feel the need to disrupt us used their EMA money to get drunk every night and quite often fell asleep in class.
Go sponge off the state some more.
You get free pens in banks.
To summarise, your thread is complete b******s. Congratulations.
Thats rubbish what your saying, because my parents have worked in their lives and made a ok living and i mean OK, i shouldnt get EMA its stupid. My parents contribute to the government more than families who dont and they are the ones who get EMA, its basically just income support and the benefits the government give out but for teenagers. Its idiotic, people i know go to college just for the money yet they are in no way putting the same effort as me in, yet im the one who suffers? wrong i say, if it were me i would prefer them to scrap the whole thing and let those people who want to sponge that £30 a week of the government go and work in macdonalds for the rest of their lives, just let whats going to happen to happen.
This post irritates me.
I get no EMA. I go to college Monday to Friday, and work 6 hours a day at the weekend, to pay for clothes, college stuff, driving lessons, etc. I also live in a terraced house, and if I want to go abroad, I have to pay for it out of my wages.
Please don't stereotype, as I know there are many people in the same position as I am.
EMA is not always spent properly. We should offer all students up to the age of 19(inclusive) discount cards and cash vouchers, and also more heavily subsidised travel, instead of EMA. Discount cards and vouchers which can only be used at book stores, some media stores(some each week, more in a monthly bonus on condition of good attendance and behaviour), food outlets, and so on. Things we want students to have, not transferrable for alcohol spending except in supermarkets.
There should then be a better system to support all undergrad uni students, too, but with cash instead, as they can usually spend more responsibly.
i took ALG (same as EMA but for 19+) because it was on offer. but im totally against it. its complete ********. i would be much happier if no-one had it
my cousin for example doesnt get EMA. but he doesnt get anything worth NEARLY £30 a week from his parents. they arent rich. he gets £20 a month allowance the poor kiddo