My elder daughter's just started 6th form and is entitled to the EMA which any of you with similar aged children will no doubt be aware is an allowance worth up to £30/week paid straight into their bank accounts.
A difference of opinion (OK, sullen row) has emerged whereby we have different ideas of what this allowance is supposed to cover!
She will get the maximum of £30 which in my view should cover:
books & equipment
school trips (or contribution towards if expensive)
clothes for school
She already has a (well paid) job and up until now has also had £5/week pocket money.
She is adamant that she shouldn't have to pay for her school food out of the EMA whereas I regard it as being for expenses associated with being at school. If she really wanted to save money she could always make herself a packed lunch! I've always suspected she saw it as basically a supplemental form of pocket money rather than gradually taking financial responsibility for herself, which I think is part of the idea.
What's your view and those of you with 6th formers, how have you agreed finances between you?
Need this one resolving before moving onto my next target - getting her to pay for calls made to all her friends' mobiles from the home landline!