Guidance for the new 16/17 EMA session is still awaited from Scottish Government which will then allow us to finalise our draft application forms and other documentation for this session. Although every effort will be made to still have applications available in June, this is dependent on Scottish Government guidance being released to us very soon. Further updates on timescales will be made available when we know more.
We are making it easier to apply for Free School Meals and Clothing Grants. If you were eligible for Free School Meals in the 2015/16 school year, we will be contacting your parent/carers from 16th May 2016 to check if they want to apply again for next year. If they haven’t heard from us by 13th June please have them contact the assessment team on 01324 503850. Remember, they need to apply each year.
If your parent/carer is applying for the first time, they can download an application form from the Falkirk Council website from next week or pick one up from most One Stop Shops.
Please return all application forms as soon as possible to avoid missing out. Meals can only be provided from the date the application is approved and entitlement cannot be back dated. Clothing grants are not payable for young people aged 16 or over on or before 30th September 2016 so if this applies to you, you should apply for EMA in your own name – applications for 2016/17 EMA should be available in June.
Parent/carers can get help to fill out their form from any of the offices listed on the application form. General advice is also available by calling 01324 590599.
The next weekly/fortnightly payment run is complete and due to reach accounts tomorrow, Friday 22nd April. For school pupils this includes attendance in week ended 1st April where that was not previously released in the last payment run of 8th April. There is no payment due for the holiday fortnight.
For young people undertaking an Activity Agreement, this includes attendance for 2 weeks ended 15th April.
As before, if you have a query about payment/non-payment please see your school or Activity Agreement worker.
The next payment run is complete and due to reach accounts on Friday 8th April. Please note that for school pupils this will most likely be for attendance in one week only – week ended 25th March, as most schools were unable to update attendance for week ended 1st April before the holidays. Decisions for attendance in week ended 1st April will be made on Monday 18th, with payment reaching accounts on Friday 22nd April as timetabled.
Young people undertaking an Activity Agreement are unaffected by this holiday period.
As before if you have a query about payment/non-payment please contact your school or Activity Agreement worker in the first instance.
Apologies for our absence recently but hopefully we’ll be back on track with more regular posts very shortly. As detailed on the paperwork and our main EMA page on the Falkirk Council website, today is the final day for receipt here of any new applications for the current 15/16 session. Applications received after this date cannot be accepted.
Final assessments will be done next week so if you’ve had an application returned to you under query, please ensure it comes back to us as a matter of urgency.
Lastly, the most recent payment received in accounts a couple of days on Tuesday 29th March was for attendance in weeks ended 11th & 18th March. We intend to make a small payment run next week for attendance in weeks ended 25th March and 1st April but payments received will be dependent on what has been updated by schools before they break for holidays. There will be no payments for holidays weeks so any backdated payments still due will be picked up on the next timetabled run at the start of May. This should not affect young people working under the Activity Agreement programme.
The next payment is timetabled to arrive on Friday 26th Feb.
Apologies for the delay in posting but the next fortnightly payment run is complete and due to reach accounts tomorrow, Friday 29th January. This includes payment for attendance in weeks ended 15th and 22nd January.
As before, if you’ve a query about the amount received, please contact your school or Activity Agreement worker in the first instance.
EMA entitlement which was confirmed on a provisional (temporary) basis only now need to be reviewed. Applications which can’t be reassessed by 5th February will be suspended. Reminder letters have been sent; if you are in receipt of a provisional EMA please ensure the information required is sent as soon as possible.
Applications both from young people aged 16 between 1st October 2015 and 29th February 2016 or anyone applying under the new higher threshold scheme must be received by 29th February to be considered for payment backdated to the start of term. If you’re thinking of applying please send us your application as soon as possible, even if incomplete. We can then register, check and send it back awaiting the outstanding information.
A final reminder also that following the Christmas/New Year break and a 2-day return week, the next payment will be due to reach accounts on Friday 29th January.
The final payment run for this year is complete and due to reach accounts on Tuesday 29th December (delayed due to bank holidays). This includes attendance in week ended 18th December only.
As timetabled, there will be no payment due for EMA applicants on either of the 2 day weeks ended 25th December & 8th January as they don’t meet Scottish Government criteria for payable weeks.
EMA team will be unavailable from tonight 23rd December and over the Christmas/New Year period. General information can continue to be found here or on the EMA page of the Falkirk Council website. If you need to know more, please contact us from 5th January.
We hope you have a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year. See you in 2016!
As often happens at this time of year, remittance slips appear to have been delayed in the mail. This is most likely due to the volume of Christmas mail and does not mean your actual payment will be affected.