(Original post by Firebird)
I don't know why you assume that because someone has rich parents, the parents are going to just dole out money. They don't. For example, I'm broke. If I had poor parents, I would actually have a hell of a lot more money, which is stupid, because the people whose parents work hard in good jobs should have money, and the kids whose parents don't work hard and have crap jobs, or are unemployed, should have no money!
It pisses me off when I see kids who have parents who have done sweet bugger all and have crap jobs, and are rewarded for this by being given EMA.
And it pisses me off when I see kids who think that just because my mum earns less than £15,000 per year she has spent her life doing 'sweet bugger all and has a crap job'. In actual fact she has spent the majority of her life since the age of 18 managing jobs, working crazy hours during the week to support her 3 children alone without any form of financial support from our estranged father.... Except of course the government doesn't believe that we have never received a penny from him and are insisting that we are getting money, when in reality we are caught up in the 'absent fathers' cycle.
Granted, I don't know you or your family situation, but yes, your parents do earn a substantial amount more than my mum, but that’s not to say that they haven't both worked like hell over their lives to provide for themselves and their children. An income does not determine whether you're hard working or not, its all relative.
I realise EMA isn't fair, but one thing I've learnt in life is that it isn't fair. There are always going to be people out there who you think 'wow if I was in their situation I'd be so much better off because then I could get/have XYZ', and they're probably sat looking at you thinking the exact same thing. That seems to be the case with EMA.
My mother is not in debt. We own our own home and have never had a mortgage. She has 3 children, one currently studying at Durham and another to start university in September, and a 13 year old. She has spent her entire parenting life devoted to my brothers and I, yet we don't have much money so I get £30 per week of EMA. Great. But the basic reason I get EMA, and I suspect the reason loads of other kids do, is because we've lived the majority of our lives with only one parent and knowing the other doesn't give a **** about us or love us one bit. Yeah, EMA is very helpful and I definitely wouldn't be able to get through college without it as my mum can not afford to help me, even though she wants to. But if earning just over £30,000 and getting nothing- which we most probably would if my dad was around- meant that I'd have a dad, then I know which I'd choose.
[I realise that is a hypothetical situation, I'm not aiming it at anyone as obviously everyone has family 'issues' regardless of their income, but in my case, and my friends, if the government got their act together in other areas then we probably wouldn't be receiving EMA.]