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HMRC Tax Credit Enquiries

attentionWe’ve heard from a couple of parents that HMRC Tax Credits have asked for confirmation of EMA entitlement and/or payment awarded to their child.  We are unaware of the reason for this request; EMA is awarded to the child, not the parent, with the payments made to the child’s bank account.  EMA has no relation to DWP or Tax Credits and especially when those benefits are to the parent.

We understand requests so far may span a number of financial years and affect a number of Local Authorities.   Scottish Government have contacted HMRC for clarification and will provide advice to Local Authorities in due course.  We will also need to ensure the request complies with Data Protection rules.

Please note that until we receive this further guidance, we will not be able to respond to requests for such information – we do try to help wherever possible but must ensure we’re complying with Data Protection rules which are there to protect your information as our EMA applicant.  We understand that EMA proof is only one of a number of options detailed on the HMRC letter; one alternative being a letter from the school confirming enrolment.  If that is needed, please contact your school in the first instance.

EMA Payment

The next payment is complete and due to reach accounts this Friday 30th January.  This includes payment for attendance in week ended 16th and 23rd January.  As usual, if you have a query about the amount received, please contact your school or Activity Agreement worker in the first instance.

EMA Payment

The next payment is complete and due to reach accounts this Friday 16th January.  This includes payment for attendance in week ended 9th January.  As usual, if you have a query about the amount received, please contact your school or Activity Agreement worker in the first instance.

EMA Glow Group

Happy New Year!

To better streamline our information service to you, the Falkirk EMA Glow Group which only pupils, parents or staff with a Glow password could access, has been withdrawn with immediate effect.  Information previously held in this group is still available either through blog posts here or on the main EMA page of the Falkirk Council website, both of which have full public access with no log-ins needed.

EMA Payment

The next fortnightly payment is complete and due to reach accounts this Friday 9th January.  This includes payment for attendance in week ended 19th December.  As usual, if you have a query about the amount received, please contact your school or Activity Agreement worker in the first instance.

EMA Payment

The next fortnightly payment is due to reach accounts Friday 21st November.  This includes attendance in weeks beginning 3rd and 10th November.  As before if you have a query about payment/non-payment please contact your school or Activity Agreement worker in the first instance.

Blog Maintenance

We will be unable to update this blog for a short time from 19th September due to essential maintenence.  Please refer to your handbook for expected payment dates. 

We will update again once the system becomes available.

SQA results

We would like to wish everyone all the best for the SQA results, due today. If you need help or advice with any aspect of your SQA exam results please contact your school or the SQA .

Blog Holiday

We’re taking a break from normal blog posts now until schools return tho’ you’ll still be able to find our annual SQA link here when results come out next month. We continue to work through applications as quickly as we can and currently within the timescales detailed below.

Young people in receipt of EMA under the Activity Agreement scheme will receive payment fortnightly while they continue to attend their learning programme over the summer.  If you have a query about your payment please contact Activity Agreements in the first instance.

If you need any further information please check our main page on the Falkirk Council website for general information and FAQ’s or contact us.

We hope you have a happy and safe summer holiday

EMA Payment

The next fortnightly payment is complete and reaches accounts on the 4th July. This includes payment for attendance in weeks ended 20th & 27th June.

As before if you have a query about the amount received please contact your school/activity agreement worker in the first instance.




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