Plus I don't feel the adverts clearly point out that it is dependant on income its only if you read the small print at the bottom that you would know.
Well, all i can say is if i was elligble for it i wouldnt turn it down and if u can get it great for you! But dont assume all those who dont get it are loaded and their mummy's and daddy's bail them out all the time! And to all those who bunk lessons and right notes saying they were at the doctors so they still get it ... well that just takes the ****
EMA is rubbish i do not get it as my parents earn above the mark but for some the reason the government assumes that as my parents earn more that they will give it me well that is a load of ******** i have just had to pay for my resit and i pay for my revision books and i paid for my graphic calculator and everyting i need for school out of what i earn from a part time job so EMA is**** and completely unfair
Lets start from the beginning...
What costs does a student face by continuing their education.
5. Trips and Fieldwork
But where do you draw the line on choice for lunch. If you take for example the drink, buy a bottle and fill it up with tap water for a week. This costs 50p for 5 days for example. The meal itself can be made at home and brought to school/college much cheaper, dont overlook this option where at most it would cost £1. Therefore the cost of lunch isnt that great if you choose not to pay extortionate prices that monopolistic canteens charge.
Our school canteen is improving, if slowly. What annoys me is that with the government's healthy eating policies in place, they've taken away the vending machines in our common room, so we can't eat junk food. However, you look in the canteen and you see kinds buying three burgers, chicken nuggets, donuts and chocolate cake for lunch. (Yes, that's actually what some kid had on his tray earlier as I was buying my "Healthy Living" Sandwhich and banana).
Back on topic, I do think in some respects EMA is unfair, but it does help me out greatly. I get £20, and mostly that get's spent on lunch, travel and textbooks, which my mum is usually unable to provide for.
(I won't deny spending the odd bit on frivolous things like CDs etc, hehe)
The cost of food at our canteen was also a crime against humanity.
Ok so books, are you telling me you dont get copies of important texts when you start the course. At my college we get a book for exam in maths that covers all the modules we need, so too for economics and to my knowledge every single subject. There is therefore no need to buy a book unless it is for example a revision book. Personally i find once you get to AS/A2 revision books are counter productive as its more about application than knowledge and they simply only tackle the L1 and L2 marks rather than the much harder L3 and L4.
Whats the level of provision in your college/school? Do students really need to buy books even if the libary doesnt have 30 copies of so and so.
Oh so people who try there hardest and only get C's shouldn't get EMA because there just not intelligent enough, they just don't care enough, Hell even They spent hours on their coursework, revising for exams and just didn't get any higher, Yeah your right there just dragging everyone else down.. That's ridiculous! I know a lot of my friends worked hard at there A-level subjects to get onto there degrees and they didn't get straight A' and B's but it didn't mean they didn't work, It didn't even mean they dont care. Where exactly is the evidence for 'caring' and results? Love to see that correlation.
"Omg Ema is so stupid, I dont get it!"
This is the typical, single-minded response of the opposition to EMA.
It's a method of redistribution of income which increases equity, whether you think that's fair or not.
It's also beneficial for the economy overall. It means more people can receive education and therefore be of more value to the economy in terms of productivity and human capital. They are more useful, get better jobs, earn more money and can then consume more, the profits of which going to the companies selling to them (quite possible being the parents of these people complaining about not getting EMA!).
it helps me....heres the breakdown
...train fare 5.60 return....daily....or 25.90 weekly (i know...stupidly high price)
...food £5 a day,...i go to college in the town centre damn it for being expensive..
so weekly its around 50 a week,which is ALOT in my view...but there we go,ema pays 30 other 20 from parents