Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Necessities of college life

Are weekly EMA grants up to £30 really necessary to keep young poeple from 'poorer' backgrounds in education up to the age of 18?

Education minister Maria Eagle said EMAs helped young people pay for essential costs such as travel to college, lunch, trips and books and equipment.
However, the BBC choose a poor example to support the minister's claim.

"I smoke so it [EMA grants] helps me get some cigarettes and just general things. Even if I just want to go to the shop and buy some chocolate or some earrings." - One 18-year-old benefiting from the weekly £30 EMA grant.

Youngsters used to get Saturday jobs to keep their smokes and alcohol, now the Government provides the money! Welcome to welfare!

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