The EMA Speech
For some students, EMA is the only source of income they have. The £30 a week is barely anything t live on and the argument that students spend the money on booze and drugs is unfounded. I’m sure this is true for some individuals but the majority of students really need this small amount of money which most of it is spent on travel fare, lunch leaving a minuscule amount for college supplies.
In this tough economic climate where students cant find jobs, EMA is a lifeline for these people. In any case, should students really be forced juggle work with academic studies leaving little time for a social life which is a key element in their development as individuals?
Why is it that this government seems to be continuously stepping on the development of young people? First with the introduction of tuition fees, then increasing those fees to insane amounts alienating a large portion of the population who would have otherwise gone to higher education and now with the scrapping of an allowance which seems like pocket money in today’s climate?
How a nation invests in it’s future through education is one of the defining elements on what makes a great nation, this should be preserved at all costs.