i thought that at first too. but then i realised how difficult it is for parents on low incomes to provide for kids who cannot provide for themselves. it is hard for me and you, at our age, to comprehend the difficulty a single parent goes through - even with the other benfits which are there. my mum needs all the help she can get, i have realised. i dont ask for much, but we are still struggelling. and i will be greatfull for the ema and the education i get.
maybe you come from a more affluent family and are not in a posistion to see it the same way.
having said that, i agree, it is a bit stupid to pay people to go to college, and people shouldnt be going for the money, but EMA will be a real help for some of us...
Now before i say this I have nothing against people that recieve EMA and do understand that for some people it is vital for them to be able to attend college, BUT the system is ****ed up..
e.g. Quite a few people in my year recieved EMA who clearly didn't need it, all had brand new cars, lived in lovely big houses, often only child with everything money could buy.
example 1 - a lad in my tutor whos parents owned their own business, he had a brand new Golf when he passed his test and lived in a house that was clearly worth around half a million quid...however as his parents were self employed and unable to prove their income this lad recieved £30, plus bonus', which gave him a nice allowance for drinking money on a friday night. When I saw him recently at the local he must have put around £25 in the bandit, i jokingly asked him how on earth he could afford it, his reply? "EMA..."
example 2 - A girl in my year whos parents were quite well off, she had a brand new ford Ka upon passing her driving test, could afford to pay for her and her 5 closest friends to go to cyprus for a week (all expenses paid of corse..), again parents couldn't prove their income as they were self employed, so she recieved £30 plus bonus'
example 3 - Me and my best friend live on a council estate close to school, neither of us are particularly "well off", we both have the essentials for school and, although they try, often have to go without as our parents can't afford things, there are 3 siblings in both our familys and our families are both JUST out of the bracket for EMA so we both used to work around 20hours a week to be able to go out with friends, pay for school trips etc...
Now has i have said, this is nothing against people that do genuinely need EMA, i also have a close friend that relies on her £30 to pay for travel and school supplies, it's just the system itself that is unfair