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MSE News: EMA replacement fund unveiled to help poorest school kids

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Student Money Saving
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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Student Money Saving
This is the discussion thread for the following MSE News Story:

"The Government has announced a new bursary, which will give vulnerable students £1,200 a year to stay in education ..."
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  • hermadgehermadge Forumite
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    Thanks for that info.
    So..I have a son in his first year of 6th form currently getting £30 EMA ..he will get £20 for his last year which starts in September , that's right ?
    My daughter who is in her last school year and is going to start 6th form in september wont..as she does not get free school meals ( I work) , is that right ?
  • TaikoTaiko Forumite
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    Which is what I announced on here several months ago, minus a few details, only to be told by some ignorant morons that there'd be no funding for those in need, and that it was unfair they were cutting EMA.

    It's interesting as well to see that already some people are saying this is a concession. It's not, it was announced a long time before any of the protests. Some people are just blind...
  • Percy1983Percy1983 Forumite
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    Sounds fair enough to me the money going to those who need it instead of being the dole until you are 18.
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  • Mike_JMike_J Forumite
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    So at £30810 the kid gets £520 per annum, But at £31000 the kid gets nothing and the parent foots the bill. Guess whos going to ask the boss for a pay cut this week!
  • I just want to check, Extracting a peice from the article that this information is correct

    EMA transition
    Those who are part-way through their studies and are currently receiving the EMA will receive the following:
    • Students who applied in the 2009/10 academic year will get the same payments until the end of the 2011/12 year. This is £30 a week (£1,560 a year) if their household income was below £20,817. Students with household income between that figure and £25,521 get £20 a week. Between that and £30,810 it is £10 a week. Any more and you're ineligible.
    £1,560 a year ? where does this figure come from ? I could be wrong but I'm fairly sure they didn't pay through term breaks etc which ran similary to school breaks also college start date is around sepetember time and is finshed mid june/july so hows it possiable to be £1,560 a year ?

    Think someone made a mistake ;)
  • lillytoadlillytoad Forumite
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    trust me these children in care do not need it they are well provided for under many other payment/entitlements at 16 i.e £28 pocket money+clothing allowance e t c give to children who really do need it
  • dmliverpooldmliverpool Forumite
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    Hi there, in one foul swoop this ema was axed.
    What shocks me is that the government is now aiming this at 'special' cases as it has to be seen as caring for our young ones, as we are all in this together.

    I would like part of my taxes to be an incentive for kids to get A levels etc to ensure that when I get older I will be able to communicate and work with younger people not spend half my time training them to do things that foreign kids are taught in high school.

    I just think there must be more people out there that have been duped enough to not care about this and who think they are middle class because they own a home, got a free ed and voted for the joys in blue:rotfl:. I Feel sorry for the students that wil be Tory stamped as special in order to get this even more closely gaurded, in effect securely means tested newly formed benefit. I'm suprised they don't ask the students in revert of this to go sign on with dwp to get it. Only kidding..
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  • TaikoTaiko Forumite
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    The above being a prime example of my earlier point.
  • Swiftkidd wrote: »
    I just want to check, Extracting a peice from the article that this information is correct

    EMA transition

    Those who are part-way through their studies and are currently receiving the EMA will receive the following:
    • Students who applied in the 2009/10 academic year will get the same payments until the end of the 2011/12 year. This is £30 a week (£1,560 a year) if their household income was below £20,817. Students with household income between that figure and £25,521 get £20 a week. Between that and £30,810 it is £10 a week. Any more and you're ineligible.
    £1,560 a year ? where does this figure come from ? I could be wrong but I'm fairly sure they didn't pay through term breaks etc which ran similary to school breaks also college start date is around sepetember time and is finshed mid june/july so hows it possiable to be £1,560 a year ?

    Think someone made a mistake ;)
    Currently they aren't paid EMA during half term or longer holidays, just for the weeks that they are actually in college. They used to also get two £100 bonus payments per year but for 2010/2011 the bonus payments were stopped. I wonder if these are going to be reinstated, hence the high figure?
  • AkomAkom Forumite
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    The saying goes ' you reap what you sow'

    With uni fees going up and the scrapping of the EMA at what point are we sowing.

    I'm looking at my 16 year old son, who will start 6th form end of the year and then wants to go to uni, and asking myself how is he being helped?

    Of course I will do all i can but a little help wouldn't go a miss!
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