Countdown to Christmas – 18 Sleeps!

Santa’s made his list and he’s checking it twice!  So it’s time to get your applications in for EMA – especially if your 16th birthday is on or before the 28th February 2017.  Applications take around 6 weeks to be assessed and processed.  You can get an application form from the Falkirk Council website  or from your school.

 

Christmas Mail

23 sleeps until Santa visits which means that mail deliveries are getting busier and busier.  This means that letters such as entitlement/assessment letters or remittance slips may take a bit longer than usual to arrive.

Remittance slips, which normally arrive on a Thursday of a payment week, may not arrive until later.  This won’t necessarily mean that you will not receive payment – please wait until you have checked your bank account on the Friday before you call.

The payment dates in December are 16th and 23rd.  The first payment date in January is 10th January 2017.

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St. Andrews Day

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Fortnightly Payment Due

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The next timetabled payment run for attendance in weeks ended 18th & 25th November is complete and due to reach accounts on Friday 2nd December.

As before, if you have any issues with payment please speak to the school in the first instance.

Applications Update

All applications for which the assessments were completed by 16th November have now passed their final stage of approval/rejection.  All letters should be sent out by the beginning of next week.

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Application Timescale Update

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Application assessment timescales have now reduced from 6 weeks to around 4 weeks.

Unfortunately there has been a delay in the last few weeks on application approvals but this is now being picked up as a matter of urgency.

 

 

Fortnightly Payment Due

piggybankThe next timetabled payment run for attendance in weeks ended 4th & 11th November is complete and due to reach accounts on Friday 18th November. As before if you have any issues with payment please speak to the school in the first instance.

EMA 16/17 Applications

clock_46Applications received up to week ended 22nd July have now had a first check and have either been moved forward for approval or had letters sent requesting further information.  All those ready for approval up to yesterday’s date have been approved today and entitlement letters will be with those applicants shortly.

We remain on an average 6 week assessment timescale due to volume but continue to progress as a priority.  We will be in contact with you as soon as we can.

To reduce the likelihood of query, please ensure you submit all relevant evidence as detailed in the application form and guidance notes. We understand there may have been a previous miscommunication and that in some instances, birth certificates or passports were not being copied at the counter.  We apologise if this has been the case.  As previously posted, proof of your ID/age must be held before we can complete your assessment.

 

 

Applications & Supporting Evidence – BIRTH CERTIFICATES OR PASSPORTS REQUIRED!

attentionWe’re currently working on a 6-week assessment timescale due to volume of applications but have noted that a high number are being received with little or no supporting evidence, including birth certificates or passports.  The application form has been simplified this year and if your parents/carers receive Housing Benefit or Council Tax Reduction, you may not have to supply proof of income.  However all applications must be accompanied by your birth certificate or passport, even if you received EMA in a previous session.

To reduce further delay to your application please check you have provided this before submission.

Summer Update

We’re planning to take a break in blog posts over the summer so a quick update now:

  • Applications for the 16/17 session are now available and should be submitted to Callendar Square One Stop Shop as detailed on the forms and guidance.  Processing timescales may vary but are currently around 6 weeks.  Please wait for further correspondence if you applied within this timescale.
  • HMRC are again contacting a number of parents asking for proof of their child’s attendance at school over a specified period.  Please note that we cannot not divulge information regarding EMA payments to a parent as it breaches Data Protection rules.  Your school may however be able to provide a letter of confirmation of enrolment, or your parent should check what other evidence can be submitted instead.
  • Activity Agreement applicants who may have started their EMA fairly recently will still need to reapply in the 2016/17 session to continue payments. If you’ve not already done so, please arrange to get a new application form and submit asap.
  • SQA results will be out over the summer as you’re probably already well aware!  Further guidance can be found from your school or the SQA website.

We’d like to wish you all the best for a happy, safe summer and good luck for SQA results where applicable.  See you after the holidays!

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