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    I didn't vote for labour, I was 6 when they got into power
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    (Original post by DJ AgnieszkaA)
    its not a good point at all.
    we vote for the people who makes the rules.
    the electorate voted labour, so in general this mess is our own fault.
    Why dont all you who have such a strong anti-EMA opinion go and vote for those you feel would bring equality to the system then? I have no place in politics thus can say no more about the subject except, again I repeat, it is not mine, nor anybody else's fault here that we qualify for EMA.
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    (Original post by DJ AgnieszkaA)
    its not a good point at all.
    we vote for the people who makes the rules.
    the electorate voted labour, so in general this mess is our own fault.
    I didn't vote for the brainless idiots at all, so its not my fault if some morons did
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    (Original post by Tw1x)
    Why dont all you who have such a strong anti-EMA opinion go and vote for those you feel would bring equality to the system then? I have no place in politics thus can say no more about the subject except, again I repeat, it is not mine, nor anybody else's fault here that we qualify for EMA.
    why dont i go and vote...? because im 17 atm.

    i get ema myself, wrongly so but im happy to spend it, but anyone who says they have no input into the decision chats ****. someone put a socialist party into power, and this is the inevitable consequence. money being thrown at me for no real reason.
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    (Original post by bun)
    I didn't vote for the brainless idiots at all, so its not my fault if some morons did
    its our fault as a nation. im not saying each and every voter voted them in obviously, but as a group we did it to ourselves
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    Originally Posted by DanielNewton
    I'm not "Sore" or 'Jealous' as those of us with a vocabulary over 20 words like to call it, honestly how some of us made it past the grunting and slapping each-other over the head stage is beyond me....
    ^I seriously hope that you aren't including yourself in that category. You have made some of the most glaringly obvious errors today, over the course of your many illuminating rants:

    the reason we don't agree with it is in the large rant I have wrote above your original post.
    Your basically saying
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    (Original post by CharlotteCoster)
    hear hear to that!! and one of the guys in my class is really really rich and can afford designer clothes and stuff. but because his parents are divorced and he lives with his not-so-rich mother, only hers is taken into account and he gets £30 a week.
    Yeah, well that really is annoying to people that need it!
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    (Original post by No Motivation!)
    people on here lack brains.
    Just because someone doesn't agree with you doesn't mean they lack brains.
    Some people may have been generalising and rude but they're not wrong or stupid.
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    (Original post by 3kimie1)
    I thought it was more than that. Although I imagine that person probably doesn't have a job as he seems just fine with his EMA
    oh i got told it was that at work. cus i worked ********* over christmas and earned over £100 and i got taxed. was not fair. i wasn't even on time and a half for christmas day
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    (Original post by Red_student)
    Yeah, well that really is annoying to people that need it!
    yeah i suppose but not everyone is like that...some people actually do need it
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    (Original post by No Motivation!)
    oh i got told it was that at work. cus i worked ********* over christmas and earned over £100 and i got taxed. was not fair. i wasn't even on time and a half for christmas day
    you can earn around 6500£ a year before being taxed on your income (income tax)

    95 a week is the limit for national insurance.
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    (Original post by CharlotteCoster)
    i always thought it was £100
    last year i got £150. So, I'm guessing this year will be the same?
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    (Original post by chelski786)
    last year i got £150. So, I'm guessing this year will be the same?
    are you from ireland/wales/scotland? that might be why.

    and also if you are getting £10 a week they might've added that to your bonus
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    I'm sick of EMA discussions turning into a class war.
    Yes, some people get EMA who probably don't need it, I would advocate the raising of the threshold.

    The point of EMA is for people on very low incomes.
    Bus passes can cost upto £60 a month. Lunch at least £40 a month, stationary, anthologies, books, bags, the occasional trip. If anything £30 a week isn't enough!
    The bonus just tops this up.

    The whole mantra behind EMA is to eliminate the financial loss factor behind people choosing not to go on to college. If I didn't get EMA, i'd be broke, and hence would want a full time job, and hence wouldn't go to college.

    Why not lower EMA to £10 a week, and pay the rest out in free transport passes and lunch vouchers. I'd be up for that.
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    I may regret entering this debate... =P

    Personally I do feel that EMA is an unfair system, the trouble is that some people who qualify for it genuinely need it for transport/food/stationary etc., some people who qualify for it spend it on whatever they feel like and some people who don't get it could do with it regardless that their parents are on a slightly higher income. In general I think that if you are in a higher income family, you might have better food, go out more, have a few more treats, whereas some families with lower income are unable to do that meaning that perhaps EMA would be needed, but once again that's not always the case. There are families who don't work and rely off the state, but there are also families which perhaps consist of one or no working parents, whether that be due to illness, divorce etc., it is not that they cannot be bothered to work. My parents are divorced meaning that only my mum's income is included in the household income, she has a perfectly fine job but due to the nature of the work she receives a relatively low salary, meaning that I qualify for EMA.
    Bonus-wise, even though I doubt it would work, I feel should be for everyone regardless of income. If you've worked hard, turned up to college, done well in your exams, you deserve to have a bit of a reward.

    There's my two cents there
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    I agree, im in the same situation.
    I get £30 a week if i attend school, but i know many people who don't because they don't qualify. What the system fails to take into account is giant mortgages (the reason im under my mother's house and don't live with my father), other siblings (although if they're living with the parents surely they get child benefit?) and factors like this. They also give £30 EMA to students who live near the school- if it wasn't for EMA i wouldnt be able to get to school because i wouldn't be able to afford the extortionate school bus (which i don't even get a seat on because of lower school- i sit on the floor >_<), i'd be working instead if i could find a job. Which leads me to my next factor, some EMA students work and get £100 more or less a week. If i could get a job i wouldn't want EMA. Any money i do get extra left over at the end of the term i spend on clothes (as you know, in sixth form everyone wears their own clothes- i can't afford to look like other people. I do appreciate some EMA students spend alot on clothing and having alot spent on them which is unfair) and then on rent towards living at my mums. That bonus is going towards my contact lenses. Yes, i know i could wear glasses, but i never got on with them very well as i don't like seeing a frame every time i put them on and frankly i look ridiculous.
    So whilst i agree with some of you who think people don't deserve EMA, some of us do.
    As to the original question, sometime this week or next week the bonus should come if you qualify.
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    I know a guy who got his bonus today, although the EMA office in the college he goes to is VERY efficient (when i attended that college, they'd text you every week to tell you if you're getting your ema or not).
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    (Original post by Mona Lisa)
    I know a guy who got his bonus today, although the EMA office in the college he goes to is VERY efficient (when i attended that college, they'd text you every week to tell you if you're getting your ema or not).
    Mine came today too.
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    (Original post by PJ991)
    Mine came today too.
    Yeh a few people in my college got theirs today too; I got pretty worried cos mine isn't in yet but it turns out some will be paid tomorrow too.
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    I got mine today =D yay!!!

    I didn't realise we were getting one so it was a massive shock lol
 
 
 
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