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    Some people need it. Don't condemn a whole bunch of people just because a few people exploit the system.
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    You say EMA goes towards drink and the money should be given to uni students instead.... funny, most students set a lot of their grant money or whatever aside to go "socialising", i.e. getting drunk. It'll be used in the exact same way in any case.

    Sure I only live a 2 minute walk from my old school and all our books and stuff were provided for us, but my EMA was split between helping out my low income parents keep a roof over my and my sister's head and going into a bank account so I can afford to eat when I leave for uni. I'd be screwed without it :dontknow:
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    (Original post by JustYourTypicalBlonde)
    i'm not against the idea of giving money to students to help them concentrate on their studies instead of on their part time job, in fact i think its a fantastic idea, i just think it should be avaliable to more people.
    It's not only an encouragement, but it's also quite necessary. It's tiered (£30,£20,£10) for a reason. Some parents can't afford to provide their children with the necessary things for College, therefore EMA helps out.

    The "Richer kids" don't really need it as much as the "poorer kids" - their parents are there to provide them with anything they may need for College.
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    Mine will help with the compulsory cup scheme for my season ticket at man utd. ;]
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    (Original post by JustYourTypicalBlonde)
    ...but how am i meant to survive on £40 to pay for my phone, board, car insurance, car payments, petrol, books/equipment for college, food and actually having a social life.
    erm...compromise? i'm prety sure you dont need a car, that would cut out on loads of money. have a cheap contract etc for your phone, go out with your friends where you dont spend lots of money, like a park or something?
    im not having a go, but im on ema, and have a job (granted i only work 8 hours or so) but we cant just have things that we want, personally i have saved most of my ema for uni, but at my school, its so hard to actually get ema ie, if you are late for one lesson, you dont get the weeks ema which is stupid. but what i'm saying is you cant complain that you have to pay for all these things because you dont, you chose to do so, thats why you have to work so much.
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    EMA is such a waste. Granted, there are a right few people who actually need it to get by.

    But in my experience, all of my friends just used it for ****, drink and clothes etc. None had a job and lived off the £30 a week while still recieving money from thier parents for college. I didnt qualify so had to hunt a job, and rarely seen any money from my parents.

    And not to mention the bonuses they get. £100 at xmas, easter and summer! Seriously, wtf!?

    /rant.
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    (Original post by BrightGirl)
    I don't think that's the lack of EMA's fault, I think that's the parents fault.
    Arguably, but a lot of students are severely restricted by parental pressure to earn money. Some of my friends' parents have a much more favourable attitude towards their child's further education due to the fact they can earn EMA and contribute to family income. Also, for some people EMA is simply essential. My best friend's mum doesn't really give a damn about her education, and although my friend has managed to get a part-time job now, in year 12 EMA was the only thing that enabled my friend to get a bus to school every day and do her A Levels. I support EMA.
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    Like most well-meaning government schemes its open to waste and ineffeciency.

    If somebody gets EMA and spends it on something recreational, thats someone elses money! It's easy to see it as "free" money, but it isn't ... I believe in the government being sensible with taxpayers money and allowing the public to really have a say in where their money is being spent.
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    (Original post by paul_blakeman)
    I just think the government could spend the money on something more important, perhaps on grants for universities? I am on EMA but I see it as a bonus, and I would have been able to go to college. I live very close and I understand that EMA payments are supposed to help with travel costs, however most people do not use their EMA for travel costs, and for the ones who do, the benefit of college means that they would find the money. As most people who go to college (6th form colleges mainly) go to university, surely it would make more sense to help people into university?

    Just wondered what peoples thoughts were
    I'm quite glad of EMA because there have been times where I wouldn't have been able to afford bus fare to college (yes I was that skint). I have had a job as well, but I had to quit because it was interfering with college and my work, so I guess EMA is good for people in these curcumstances.

    I do think that some people who get it just use it to pissed at the weekend, which is quite unfair lol
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    A Receipts system would be good, but the managing of that in a large sixth form or college would be a lot for the EMA officer and/or individual tutors to manage =/ Well, they'd complain to their union and want more money for it or something, it'll be bloody tedious
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    I, and quite a few of my friends, get EMA (though only one gets the full £30) and almost no-one uses it for school stuff. Most of it gets spent on going out with friends, clothes, driving lessons etc. It probably is a waste of money but I'm certainly not going to refuse it :p:
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    It's not a waste, I bet loads of people end up voting for Labour because of their EMA .'. job done.
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    Yeah, even though my parents aren't well off, and I get the full EMA, I don't really need it. Not for school, anyway. I mean, since my first days in primary school I've had a bus pass, so no fare there; the only textbooks I've ever had to pay for is one that cost £4 for French; my Dad makes my lunches; barely use my phone so no top up, and when it is topped up it's usually my Dad doing it for my birthday; don't smoke or drink, so no expense there, etc.

    It does just sit in my bank account, but it's nice to have some money for a trip to Starbucks after a stressful day, or buying Christmas presents for family/friends, holiday money. It even bought the laptop I'm typing on right now! I do get £15 a week for pocket money, but I can't get a job due to my bad foot, so it also helps me save up some much needed money for Uni.

    I could survive without it, but when I get paid £180 for being on holiday, I can't complain at all!
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    (Original post by Brouhaha)
    Arguably, but a lot of students are severely restricted by parental pressure to earn money. Some of my friends' parents have a much more favourable attitude towards their child's further education due to the fact they can earn EMA and contribute to family income. Also, for some people EMA is simply essential. My best friend's mum doesn't really give a damn about her education, and although my friend has managed to get a part-time job now, in year 12 EMA was the only thing that enabled my friend to get a bus to school every day and do her A Levels. I support EMA.
    I think it's the parents attitudes that need to be addressed in those cases. I support EMA as well though, it's gooooooood for those who get it.
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    i think alot of people should get it considering the majority of people work there arses off in school and get jack **** for it, no trips, no naps etc.
    Trust it to stop the year I'm ment to be getting it - Typical!

    I don't see how people can say they should use the money for better things when we're spending up to 9 billion to watch people run around in a circle and jump over bars!
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    For me, the EMA is a convenient way to get a new X360 game every month.
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    sigh, every month or so a thread like this pops up, you get those that love it and openly admit to not using it on education and those that go off and rant and rave about it, and in all fairness both groups are as bad as one another.
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    hey, i'm basically writing a piece on EMA and was wondering if anyone had any statistics or anything, or websites that might have statistics, like how many people get it or how many people get what amounts...
    thankyou
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    I wouldn't be able to live without EMA this year tbh.
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    also, i don't receive EMA, and work every day at my school after hours to earn money, and lunchtimes. to be honest this tires me out and all i want to do is sleep all the time. my parents don't give me any money so the only way i can buy anything i need is work. i think how much someone receives from their parents or realatives should be considered in some way, i know several people taking advantage of the system who have rich grandparents. one of my friends has 2 tvs and a car from their grandparents, AND receive 30 pounds EMA anyway
    i dont want EMA, i just think the government needs to be more careful about who gets it. at the moment half a billion pounds a year is given to half a million students for EMA. in the present economic climate, it should be considered more in depth how many people actually need it.

    thanks, it was nice to get that out of my system.
 
 
 
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