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Question: Why is EMA only available to people whos parents have low earnings? Shouldn't it be available to everyone in full time education? If your parents have higher salaries it doesnt necessarily mean they hand you £20 every week.

Asked by kerrin 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:

    That’s true, but the principle behind the EMA was to help students stay on at school whose families were less well off and might find it difficult to do so.


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

    It seems unfair but I can see why, when the country is so hard up, that it was decided to give the money to students whose parents couldn’t help them financially. Unfortunately. no politician can do much about unreasonable parents- and i’m sure they’re in a very small minority.


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

    I think the best use has to be made of the funds available, kerrin, and the fairest way is to allocate to those on lower incomes. I appreciate that better off parents don’t alwlays over-provide but I imagine they cover more than basic requirements, and encourage and expect you to stay on at school. Sometimes for those from poorer backgrounds, the little help available from EMA makes it possible for them to stay on at school.