West Lothian School pupils who are eligible for extra help with the costs of uniforms, lunches and staying on at school can now submit an online application to ensure they will receive their entitlement at the start of the new academic school year from 15 August.

Online applications for the academic year 2023/2024 are now open via the West Lothian Council website for those pupils who are entitled to Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) and Free School Meals/School Clothing Grants.

Educational Maintenance Allowance (EMA) is an allowance of £30 per week, depending on household income. Students on Activity Agreements (HYPE agreements), are Home Educated, attend Donaldsons or Moorehouse or estranged from parents or in care of the authority can also be paid.

You can find details on eligibility and relevant application forms for the above benefits via the West Lothian Council website.

Please visit: https://www.westlothian.gov.uk/helpwithcosts

If you encounter any issues with the applications forms or have any queries regarding these benefits, please email: EducationBenefits@westlothian.gov.uk

If you require help completing an application please email fypas@westlothian.gov.uk for assistance.