I receive EMA, and I'm telling you, I'd rather my household income was over the cut off point.
I have friends who don't receive EMA, and one of them was just short of the cut off point, but lived in a house with 3 cars (all taxed and insured) went to the states in February (for 1 week) and August (for 3 weeks) both in different locations. Went out almost every weekend (not just partying, but shopping etc) and well, lived a pretty comfortable lifestyle considering their income was merely hundreds short of the allowance. They're also having their driving lessons paid for. All without a job may I add.
And yet they ***** about it loads. I'd rather have their benefits (ie holidays/driving) than having £30.
Also, people who fraud the system piss me off, as they give legitimate people (like myself) a bad reputation.
For those people who don't get ema but seem to live a life where their parents barely cook them a meal each day, where the **** do their parents wages go?
if the money is used properly then yes. everyone i know who gets EMA uses it on going on the lash at weekends...
You have to be so self involved to start a thread like this. How can you categorise 'non-ema' students to have all these free luxuries? Many of my friends get ema and dont have jobs and their parents buy them their college books, pay for their lunch and driving lessons. However i know a lot of students who dont get ema have jobs who pay for everything themselves. Its unfair that ema students dont themselves have to work for this money when in the long run it doesnt even go towards college??
i never got ema. My parent paid for like 10% of my driving lessons. The rest i paid for because i had a job. In many cases people with ema were pretty well off. A lot had divorced parents, both parents still bought them lots of stuff.
I understand what you are saying but you can't by any means tar all of us non-EMAers with the same brush.
My parents are only £100 over the limit for me to get EMA, but because their earnings are marginally higher, we are no better for it.
I have two other siblings - I am 19 and my sister is 17 and my brother is 15. We are all at an expensive age for my parents, and although we all have jobs my parents are still forking out loads on electricity, food, petrol etc.
An extra ten pounds or so would come in so handy - it costs me £20 a week just to get to college every week.
One of my friends, her parents were separated and her Dad had a really well paid job. This girl has got everything - clothes, iPhone, laptop, piano, car etc but her Mum declared herself as a single parent so this girl got £30 a week for just doing nothing.
And lets not forget about the £100 bonuses.
That eventually paid for her driving lessons and insurance - not the car, Daddy bought that. What about me? I would've liked driving lessons and a car. What makes me any different to her?
And she wasn't the only person I knew who was like that.
The system isn't fair. We either all get it, or we don't.
I had a part time job at that age so that I didn't have to rely on my parents. What's stopping the EMAers going down the same path? Or why not ask those getting EMA to spend a bit of time doing work in the community each week for the money?
Yes, I do see it as money for nothing. Sure, I accept that some people need the money to continue their education, but I don't think it should just be handed out. Particularly bearing in mind that some people who get it don't need it, and some people who could do with the money fall just above the threshold.
education isn't a right, why should the government (and my parents for that matter) pay high taxes so people can simply get an unnecessary £30 a week - I mean, it paid for your driving lessons!
However, for those who really do need it and want to learn I agree that free stationary/books/travel or something like that should be given out.
Btw guess what, life isn't fair. Because some people can afford to go out every weekend and can afford a car is relevant only to you if you are superficial and jealous. People live better lives than others. That's a fact.