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Do you agree with the scrapping of EMA? Poll Watch

  • View Poll Results: Are you pleased that EMA has been scrapped?
    Yes, it wasn't fair on the middle classes and was used innapropriately!
    41.03%
    Yes, we can no longer afford it!
    14.81%
    I am indifferent
    4.27%
    No, we can still afford it!
    2.28%
    No, poorer students relied upon it and it encouraged social mobility!
    37.61%

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    Do you agree with the scrapping of EMA, or would you prefer it were kept?
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    Doesn't effect me.
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    I agree, because my friends get it, they don't spend it on education, and I don't get it I'm just jealous
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    No poll?

    Well it doesn't affect me. But anyway i'd keep it but put it under a thorough review concerning who gets it etc, but some people genuinely need it.
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    Sorry to those who hadn't seen the poll when they posted; you must've gotten in there before I added the options!
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    no!:mad: don't have the time for a job plus need private bus to travel to school so it helps a lot even though i only get £10 :P
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    I fully agree with it.

    As EMA was brought in as an incentive for people to stay in education after 16, it was a good thing. However, as it will soon be compulsory for all to stay in education/training until the age of 18, that incentive is no longer required. Therefore it is right to scrap it.
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    (Original post by StephenP91)
    Doesn't effect me.
    And?

    Just because something doesn't effect you, it doesn't mean to say you shouldn't have an opinion on it. God, what is it with this generation and this disgusting, self centred attitude. It's repulsive.
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    (Original post by Teveth)
    And?

    Just because something doesn't effect you, it doesn't mean to say you shouldn't have an opinion on it. God, what is it with this generation and this disgusting, self centred attitude. It's repulsive.
    Then if you want my opinion, I am glad it's gone. Rarely does anyone use it for "Educational Maintenance".
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    Fully agree.
    I wasn't eligible for it but wouldn't have taken it anyway, despite not getting handouts from my parents.
    I went out and got a job to buy my textbooks.
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    (Original post by Teveth)
    And?

    Just because something doesn't effect you, it doesn't mean to say you shouldn't have an opinion on it. God, what is it with this generation and this disgusting, self centred attitude. It's repulsive.
    I don't know which pair of shoes I should wear to college later today.

    It doesn't really affect you, but what's your opinion on it?

    Hi-tops? Plimsolls? Trainers? Boots? :confused:
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    I don't know what they're planning to do, I haven't actually bothered to find out.

    There has to be support for people who need it. I definitely don't agree with the bonuses for turning up. Most people I knew who got it spent it on video games. So it needs to be reviewed and possibly the thresholds lowered, but I don't agree with scrapping it altogether if that's what the government are planning.
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    Yes, it is abused too much and the system just makes people spend it on things which aren't school related at all.

    However, I think the government should consider a system of which they give free bus/train passes (or top up their bus cards), cards for free school meals and vouchers to buy school equipment for people whose household income is under £25,000.
    Also, they should keep an eye on business men who claim it (a lot of people managed to get ema from fiddled business charts).
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    I think it was a waste of time and money (I got it), a pass for free transport would be/is a much better system and isn't open for abuse.
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    I just think it was used inappropriately, whether it was unfair on the middle classes is debatable.

    All along I was in total favour of it having been scrapped but last week I met a young girl who is in college for sixthform and she was telling me how much EMA used to help her. Her dad passed away in the last two years and her mother seems to suffer from some mental health issues and she was describing how much she relied on that extra money.

    She didn't even have anything to eat at work last week all because she couldn't afford to buy anything. I ended up buying her something for lunch, I felt sorry for the poor girl.
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    I know so many people who receive EMA but yet still have enough money for their family to own several horses. If you can afford ANY luxuries then you don't need money from the government.
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    I agree with it being scrapped but only if those few who actually rely on it still get help of some form. Other than that, there are far too many people who just spend it on booze or driving lessons (hopefully not at the same time :p:).
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    (Original post by StephenP91)
    Then if you want my opinion, I am glad it's gone. Rarely does anyone use it for "Educational Maintenance".
    It encourages children from poorer backgrounds to go into further education. New clothes or shoes might not strictly count as educational maintenance, but the idea of going to sixth form instead of into the job market is not going to look too appealing to a 16 year if it means you'll have to make do with the same clothes for two years. It's all about encouragement.
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    Dumb Poll! a YES or NO would be fine.
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    I don't think it should be scrapped. But it is given to people who don't need it. I have a friend who was given £30 a week for 2 years and its still sitting in her bank account...
    Free transport and books could be given out instead.
 
 
 
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