Are you aged between 16 and 19 and considering remaining in education? If so, you may be entitled to an Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA).

If you are aged between 16 and 19 and have left school but are not currently involved in education, employment, training or volunteering, you may be able to take part in an Activity Agreement.

An EMA is a weekly payment of £30 paid directly to eligible young people who are continuing in post-compulsory education (i.e. beyond the age of 16) or have left school and are taking part in an Activity Agreement.

Further details are available on the East Lothian Council Website.

Applications are processed on a 'first come, first served' basis. While payments may be delayed until later in the school year, approved applications will be backdated to the start of the term if they are received by 30 September 2020 (for those eligible for the full year award) or by 28 February 2021 (for those eligible from January 2021).