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    EMA isn't fair really. Saying that I get £10 a week (got £20 last year but obv my mother is a tad richer this year unfortunately/fortunately for me ha)..

    But really, I guess EMA motivates me to go to college, but some people really do need it depending on their family situation so I don't think it should be scrapped completely.. perhaps the conditions should be revised a bit more?
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    i know a few people whose parents get a ridiculous amount of money a year, but they get £30 a week because they're self employed.

    it also doesn't take into count part time jobs, so my friend gets £80 a week.
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    Yeah my friend gets £30, her mom has two jobs, her dad has a job and she has a job.
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    (Original post by Maya)
    It's very unfair. Just because my parents earn more than £30k, it doesn't mean they give me any of it.
    Yeah that's what I agree with.

    My parents get about 32K, and I dont see a thing from it. My Grandparents give me the money, otherwise id have none.
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    My parents earn about 33k a year together. Plus a company car which apparently contributes to household income. I don't see a PENNY of it except at Christmas/birthdays. My parents taught me to appreciate money, i have a job I work 10 hours a week. To see people who get MORE money off their parents AND £30 A WEEK!! Totally unfair. Nobody in my college spends it on school supplies, just clothes and drink lol.
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    No.

    For example someone in my maths class gets £30 and he said he had gone out and spent it on junk food and he says he may get a car soon :confused:.

    I don't receive it myself.

    I think the bonuses are the worst. I work incredibly hard for my school work and have very good attendance but I don't get rewards for it like they do, not that I'm want rewards it's just why should they be rewarded, but not me.
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    oh don't be so hard on yourselfs lol,
    so what if we get thirty odd pounds a week
    ask your parents for money if they get 30K Or more a year,thas a damn lot
    trust me wth & your lucky stillEMA is the s*** anyway:cool:
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    I'm in that band, like many - where you are too rich to be poor, but too poor to be rich. In other words, you don't get the benefit payments such as EMA, but your family can't afford to go burning money.

    It's annoying. And answer to the original question, no, but I don't know how it could be improved.
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    The people who don't receive EMA probably get a lot more from their parents (holidays and stuff) than what the EMA receivers do.
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    (Original post by ~Hazzle*)
    No.



    I think the bonuses are the worst. I work incredibly hard for my school work and have very good attendance but I don't get rewards for it like they do, not that I'm want rewards it's just why should they be rewarded, but not me.
    I just don't understand the logic to the EMA bonus! So unfair!
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    (Original post by DanielWhit)
    I'm in that band, like many - where you are too rich to be poor, but too poor to be rich. In other words, you don't get the benefit payments such as EMA, but your family can't afford to go burning money.

    It's annoying. And answer to the original question, no, but I don't know how it could be improved.
    Exactly our situation.
    And the government totally screws us over.
    My parents earn a decent amount, but I don't see a penny of it. And frankly I don't think they do either and we often find it hard to make ends meet as they also have my sister to support as well.
    I have to have a part time job, and I still earn a lot less than people on EMA can get.
    It's really frustrating when people get this free money and others have to work for it. Basically teaching the abuse of the benefits system.
    EMA is ridiculous.

    I say, give it to everyone or give it to noone.
    Give the money to college who can support people genuinely in need of financial support for educational purposes.
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    (Original post by Courtenayyy)
    Exactly our situation.
    And the government totally screws us over.
    My parents earn a decent amount, but I don't see a penny of it. And frankly I don't think they do either and we often find it hard to make ends meet as they also have my sister to support as well.
    I have to have a part time job, and I still earn a lot less than people on EMA can get.
    It's really frustrating when people get this free money and others have to work for it. Basically teaching the abuse of the benefits system.
    EMA is ridiculous.

    I say, give it to everyone or give it to noone.
    Give the money to college who can support people genuinely in need of financial support for educational purposes.
    Problem is giving it to everyone defeats the point of it being a low income benefit, but giving it to no-one also defeats the point.

    Both will result in government opposition claiming they don't support students, and Labour see us as not being old enough to vote so they don't really care (even though most of us now eligible will be by 2010).

    Politically they like it the way it is, doesn't cost too much and appears to be a good idea.
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    (Original post by Titch89)
    The people who don't receive EMA probably get a lot more from their parents (holidays and stuff) than what the EMA receivers do.
    Nopeeee. I get nothing from my parents, I have to work to earn my own money to get anything I need/want. (I'm sure this is the case for loads of other people on here too.)
    As for holidays we go on odd holidays in our caravan as we can't afford to go abroad.

    I'm going on tour with durham county big band next year to belgium and it's costing me 350 quid. My parents desperately wanted to help pay for it but they simply can't.

    The government totally screws over middle salary households.
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    (Original post by DanielWhit)
    Problem is giving it to everyone defeats the point of it being a low income benefit, but giving it to no-one also defeats the point.

    Both will result in government opposition claiming they don't support students, and Labour see us as not being old enough to vote so they don't really care (even though most of us now eligible will be by 2010).

    Politically they like it the way it is, doesn't cost too much and appears to be a good idea.
    Very true.
    I'll be elibible to vote in a few months, good times

    I don't get why people get so much....30 quid a week for educational purposes?! A bit ridiculous.
    Unless you travel a long distance surely 30 quid a week is a bit much?

    I give up with the whole thing.
    I'll just have to accept that the government doesn't support me now, won't support me at uni, and I'll have to work damn hard to pay off my debt lol
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    (Original post by Courtenayyy)
    Very true.
    I'll be elibible to vote in a few months, good times

    I don't get why people get so much....30 quid a week for educational purposes?! A bit ridiculous.
    Unless you travel a long distance surely 30 quid a week is a bit much?

    I give up with the whole thing.
    I'll just have to accept that the government doesn't support me now, won't support me at uni, and I'll have to work damn hard to pay off my debt lol
    I know exactly what you mean. £30 is meant to cover school books, revision guides, stationary, transport etc. Most school books are provided by school, stationary hardly costs more than £5 a week at absolute max (and to be honest, that means buying new pens every week), revision guides are cheap if you look around and transport... £10 a week?

    £15 should cover most essential funding.
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    (Original post by DanielWhit)
    I know exactly what you mean. £30 is meant to cover school books, revision guides, stationary, transport etc. Most school books are provided by school, stationary hardly costs more than £5 a week at absolute max (and to be honest, that means buying new pens every week), revision guides are cheap if you look around and transport... £10 a week?

    £15 should cover most essential funding.
    Yeah and if college provide revision guides they are really cheap and lets face it you only really need to buy one once a year.

    I don't know what the situation is in other parts of the country is but where I live we get funding from the council so an unlimited travel bus pass only costs £70 a term. So considering a term is about 10 weeks (?) not much of that EMA goes on travel.

    Yeah £15 should definately be more than enough.
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    (Original post by Courtenayyy)
    Yeah and if college provide revision guides they are really cheap and lets face it you only really need to buy one once a year.

    I don't know what the situation is in other parts of the country is but where I live we get funding from the council so an unlimited travel bus pass only costs £70 a term. So considering a term is about 10 weeks (?) not much of that EMA goes on travel.

    Yeah £15 should definately be more than enough.
    It's the same here (Oxford) for transport. It is definitely the rare few who can't get school transport/funded transport (and not for living too close either).
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    Yo, I spotted this thread googling up on EMA and joined the student room to add my two cents even though I realise this has 65 pages of a similar sort of reply.

    I am totally against EMA, it is shockingly unfair. I missed out on EMA by £500 in my parents salary. I dont live in a posh house or get ridiculous amounts of money from my parents and I have never been given the money to buy a pen or a book, I have to go without because I simply dont get the money. I work as a glass collector on saturday nights and usually come out with about £30 a week, £7 of that is spent on a bus pass and £10 of that is spent on my band to pay for our practise room. The other £13 I get a week is spent on whatever I want, it doesnt go far at all to socialise, I usually go into town on thursdays and spend half of it on a taxi and have a sobre night out. I actually dont eat at college because the £30 I get from working is the only source of income I get. My parents cant afford to give me £30 a week at all. That would cost them near enough £1500- i dont do a maths a level so Im probably wrong. My point stands though, they cant afford it.

    But I give up my time on saturday nights to earn myself that money that I believe I am totally entitled to to spend on myself for what I want and wouldnt spend it any differently if I had EMA, as my friends dont. Even spending more on recreation than I do.

    I know of three peoples financial states who get EMA in my college and do they need it? hell no. One of them is my best mate, he gets the full £30 a week, his parents both work and live together and earn a small amount less than my own parents. He has his transport to college paid for by his parents, and still gets pocket money and paid for things like clothes and food. The £30 goes straight on session money and more clothes for himself. It isnt realistic that £30 a week is needed for educational purposes.

    I am in the same position as him, except I am forced to go to work for jack **** on saturday nights.

    So yeah, havent really contributed much. Just my view of it. Its grossly unfair and I am currently considering whether to drop out or not. I really can't go on with this financial situation on top of 4 a levels. I see friends from school around who didnt give a **** about their education who are now on £800 a month on apprentischips with job prospects of £24k +. I have to question whether me putting 110% into my a levels is worth the struggling to cling onto a social life because of the lack of money. A friend of mine dropped out of college and went to full time employment because of not getting EMA and not willing to sit it out with no money for the forseeable future. Failed by the system, just like everything.

    What can I say, I'll probably do the same.
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    I dont get EMA either I know exactly how you feel, its a goverment scam, and no im not a socialist lol I mean think about it, it costs the goverement far less to give ema instead of people seeking job seekers allowance....
 
 
 

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