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(Original post by Lois_Lane)
If you're old enough to go to college, you're old enough to get yourself a job. Plenty of people manage to juggle both.
What about if you go to college have a job and get EMA
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LOL, most people who don't get EMA aren't "rich" - the household income threshold is like £30k/year or something, not exactly much!
Once again, not once did I claim that those who don't get EMA are rich - your level or comprehension for a person of your age is quite worrying.

Also, what complete and utter sad act gave me negative rep for saying you can't binge on £10-30? Couldn't you just have posted that in the thread instead of being so pathetic as to give me neg rep? Do you do that with everyone you disagree with? Some users on this site are ridiculous.

I was talking about going out. Just because someone says they spend their EMA on alcohol doesn't mean they're spending it on 60 litres of white cider - I drank mine in pubs and didn't 'binge drink'. Although I have to admit the whole binge drinking thing is quite an English phenomenon - over here we just call it drinking...
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It's never enough to be satisfied with the money you do get, is it?
Nope, it isn't! I guess that just makes us work a hell of a lot harder to earn more in life!
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I did spend it on driving lessons and the rest on lunch but I just passed my test today, so I have £20 to spare each week... although that'll find some way of being taken from my bank account, I'm sure. My money always seems to disappear...
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You can't 'binge' on £10-30...
Besides, so what? Loads of people in jobs live for the weekend, how is that any different to motivating someone to go to college 5 days a week in the hope that they can have a night out with their friends on the weekend? All the rich kids I knew who didn't get EMA were given money/gifts by their parents for doing well in school.
Sure you can. 30x £1 shots, 1 unit a pop?
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Does anyone know when the next bonus is? I thought we were meant to get one when we return in year 13?
I had one for returning, chase it up
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(Original post by superfical space cadet)
I had one for returning, chase it up
:eek: I didn't I just thought it'd stopped! Did you have to chase it up? Did you just ask at college or..?
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Talk about sweeping generalisations! We could in fact have a job - yes, but by staying at school we're able to get a better education to enable us to get a better job in later life. it may not directly benefit our education (EMA payouts), but indirectly it will - the money may be spent on relaxing and on indulgencies that we might otherwise not have the money to take part in. EMA helps us to lead normal lives, and I feel quite strongly that's it's injustifiable to take the privilige away from under-priviliged students.
:ditto: to this. Whether you are for or against EMA please please please avoid making sterotypical generalisations, either about the people who receive it or the people that don't. It's really annoying to see comments like 'the cycle their parents are in' referring to the benefit culture, when my parents actually receive no benefits at all and work hard all day in their jobs, just like people who have incomes too high to receive EMA. I'm sure it's equally annoying to be told that you are rich/middle class to receive EMA.

Anyway, mine is all in my bank account, being saved for uni. I'm probably going to use it to pay for VetMedlink though, because my parents are a bit worried about the cost of it...
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Talk about sweeping generalisations! We could in fact have a job - yes, but by staying at school we're able to get a better education to enable us to get a better job in later life. it may not directly benefit our education (EMA payouts), but indirectly it will - the money may be spent on relaxing and on indulgencies that we might otherwise not have the money to take part in. EMA helps us to lead normal lives, and I feel quite strongly that's it's injustifiable to take the privilige away from under-priviliged students.
I said most people on here could have a job, it's fact. Not a "sweeping generalisation". Now, I'm not saying that any of you are to blame for taking the money and utterly squandering it, it's the government's fault for not regulating it properly. What I am saying is that a lot of people don't really need it and could get a part time job to afford luxuries. Most people who don't get EMA aren't being subsidised by their parents in the way thatyou think. Being bought a bus pass is one thing, I fully applaud EMA for enabling people to do this, but socialising, buying computer games, driving lessons and haircuts is something most people pay for with their had earned cash. I managed to work and get great A levels. If you can't even manage to do a part time job whilst studying through fear it will impact your grades, I'd call into question just how intelligent and deserving you are.
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(Original post by Lois_Lane)
Unfortunately, a lot of people on here have EMA when they could instead have a job. It doesn't encourage them to break out of the cycle their parents are stuck in, it encourages them to take the handout and spend it on things that don't benefit their education. The government should give out bus tickets and vouchers for books to the value of their EMA. This way, people don't wind up spending taxpayer's money on their hair. It's not really justifiable.
EMA doesn't have to be spent on education, it's for what ever we want to spend it on. Incidentally I've had a job sine I was 15.
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achievement, hey? well don't get me wrong - i'm quite smart - but don't you think that'd be incredibly unfair? there'd always be cases where people who try their best but can never seem to do well in exams, etc, will under-acheive ... does that mean they shouldn't be offered payment?
Mmm, I don't mean it so harshly, more that the person passes, like a lot of people got EMA in my year who were raking in Es and Us, simply because they couldn't be bothered and spent the year dossing, and were only in VI form because of the EMA.
So maybe taking effort into account aswell, not penalising those who do try, but maybe don't quite realise their potential.

It's an incredibly flawed system and it's near impossible to reach a compromise that'd suit everyone.
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Most people I knew who got it spent it on ****/clothes. Very few used it for the intended purpose. Had I gotten it I would have used it on driving lessons, but oh well.
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:eek: I didn't I just thought it'd stopped! Did you have to chase it up? Did you just ask at college or..?
I had it with my first payment automatically. I'm in Wales though, don't know if that makes any difference?
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Most people I knew who got it spent it on ****/clothes. Very few used it for the intended purpose. Had I gotten it I would have used it on driving lessons, but oh well.
There is no intended purpose
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i spend it on allsorts. I got £20 last yr and used it to pay for anything i needed like some new clothes etc. Can i just point out my parents didn't give me any money. This year i get 10 quid and use it for bus fares to and from work.
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(Original post by superfical space cadet)
I had it with my first payment automatically. I'm in Wales though, don't know if that makes any difference?
Could be. I know you apply to a different place if you live in Wales or Scotland but I assumed everyone would get the same.

I may ask the school office about this (even though they seem to be quite stropy about it now).

Why can't they just put this sort of information up on the EMA website, instead of spending god knows how much on that interactive cityscape thing.
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I think EMA is meant to be an incentive to get us up in the morning and attending school, and maybe level the playing field for the poorer among us.

The aim obviously wasn't for us to spend all our EMA on furthering our educations, because it's obvious that most people just spend it on other things.

I bought a laptop with my EMA, which I use for schoolwork and gaming. Saved almost all the rest.
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lunch, books, stationary, topupm, exam fees, trips (although I wasnt eligible for getting the trip fee so I just used any collected money I had)

Got over 1500 because of EMA
woahhhh - wish that happened with my bank, in AS level's I barely got my EMA because we had this freakin system where you had to be in class every lesson and get a form signed. and if you didnt get the form compeltely signed or forgot to give it in on Friday, then you didnt get the £30 I was always in my lesson, I just kept forgetting to get my signatures
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(Original post by superfical space cadet)
I had it with my first payment automatically. I'm in Wales though, don't know if that makes any difference?
Hmm, maybe I'll go ask tomorrow. It'd be quite handy to have, I've been ill the past two weeks on and off and needless to say I'm pretty skint.
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Lunches and college supplies come first and any remaining money gets added to my wages for going out, clothes, books, music that kind of thing.
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