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Question: Why does EMA not take into account the number of children in a household? Do you think EMA is fair?? Should it not be available to everyone in full time education?

Asked by sarah to Alastair, Elaine, Jane, Sandra, Ted on 28 Sep 2010 in Categories: .

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  • Photo: Elaine MurrayElaine Murray answered on 27 Sep 2010:

    The EMA was designed to be fairly simple and relates to family income – though I’m not sure why the number of dependent children isn’t taken into account as it is with student loans. It was to help families who otherwise might fund it difficult to keep a student on at school, thats why it wasn’t available to everyone


  • Photo: Alastair WittsAlastair Witts answered on 28 Sep 2010:

    The whole point of EMA is to help students from less well off households to stay on at school if they want to, and presumably those from better off families can get help from Mum and Dad. If there are more children in a family they will presumably get family allowance?


  • Photo: Sandra McDowallSandra McDowall answered on 28 Sep 2010:

    Hello, sarah. In an ideal world it should be available to everyone but we don’t live in an ideal world. I think the fairest way is to target those most in need.