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March 2017

West Lothian Council's Executive Committee has approved the allocation of the additional funding of £1.055 million received for early learning and childcare.
West Lothian's 16 and 17 year olds will be able to vote for the first time in council elections on Thursday 4 May.
New guidance had been introduced to make sure the health impact of new planning applications is taken into account.
West Lothian Council has pledged a further £350,000 to help mitigate the impact of poverty.
Kathryn French has been confirmed as the new Head Teacher at Dedridge Primary School and Glenvue Nursery.
Sophie O'Mullan (S3) from St Kentigern's RC Academy picked up the top Award for her shoe design at the Schuh Design Challenge 2017.
The candidates for the West Lothian Council election on Thursday 4 May have been confirmed.
West Lothian Council is inviting local people to attend a special service to mark the World War One Battle of Arras which took place from 9 April 1917 until 16 May 1917, at West Lothian Civic Centre on Sunday 9 April 2017 at 9.20am.
West Lothian Council and The Balmoral hotel are working in partnership to provide school dinner ladies with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn from some of Scotland's top chefs.
Tracey Loudon has been appointed as the new Head Teacher at Whitburn Academy.
Women who want to improve their employability and boost their confidence are being encouraged to sign up for the free transformational 'Personal Development' course 'WomenN2Work'.
Home movers in West Lothian are being urged to make sure they haven't lost their vote in the move.
West Lothian voters should look out for their poll cards coming through the door.
Inspectors from Education Scotland visited Pinewood School in January and found a positive culture across the school based which is based on strong relationships between staff and children and young people.
Pupils from Low Port Primary School, Linlithgow, are celebrating after becoming West Lothian's Euroquiz Challenge champions.
West Lothian Council is supporting World Autism Week which runs from Monday 27 March to Sunday 2 April.
West Lothian Council has launched a self-help guide for people who are at risk of repossession or facing eviction from their home.
West Lothian Council's Executive Committee has approved the process for securing a contractor which is a significant step forward in delivering the new partnership centre for Whitburn.
West Lothian Council has extended the Macmillan Benefits Advice service for people who are attending the Western General Hospital, which is a partnership between West Lothian Council and Macmillan Cancer Support.
One hundred new council homes are being built at Redhouse in Blackburn.
West Lothian Council is building 86 new council homes at Wester Inch in Bathgate.
West Lothian Council has officially opened a new Visitor and café has been officially opened at Beecraigs Country Park.
Steps are underway to ensure the memory of an iconic mural at Blackburn Community Education Centre is retained for future generations.
West Lothian Council has invested £7 million to create a fantastic new assisted living community for Bathgate.
Broxburn Library and Community Museum has re-opened in its new home at Strathbrock Partnership Centre.
West Lothian Council's Executive Committee has approved proposals to set up a working group with members of the Third sector to establish the eligibility criteria for organisations to access funding from the new time-limited Third Sector Ambition Fund.
West Lothian Council's Executive Committee has confirmed a boost of £150,000 as time-limited support to benefit local gala days and festivals.
The Stellar Awards celebrate educational excellence in West Lothian, with awards handed out in categories including academic attainment, citizenship, equality and diversity, achievement, enterprise and teamwork.
West Lothian Council is supporting Scottish Apprenticeship Week which takes place from 6 to 10 March. Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2017 celebrates the benefits apprenticeships bring to individual businesses and to the Scottish economy.
A new partnership between West Lothian, Falkirk and Fife councils will complement existing money management services, including anti-poverty and social inclusion partners, and wider support services.
West Lothian Council has joined local authorities and organisations such as Keep Scotland Beautiful and the National Farmers Union Scotland (NFUS) and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service in its serious concern about the release of 'Sky' or 'Chinese' lanterns and helium filled balloons.
Young people across West Lothian are being encouraged to vote for new Members of the Scottish Youth Parliament for the Almond Valley and Linlithgow constituencies.
Attainment in West Lothian schools has improved significantly across the board during the five-year period 2011/12 to 2015/16, according to the latest report from the Improvement Service.
West Lothian Council's Executive Committee has praised the events and activities which have taken place in West Lothian to mark World War One commemorations.
Dechmont Park has been named at West Lothian's Centenary Field. Its designation has been legally agreed between West Lothian Council, Fields in Trust and Poppyscotland.
West Lothian Council is helping to raise awareness of the World Wildlife Fund's Earth Hour event which takes place on Saturday 25 March at 8.30pm.
Work has started on a £1 million improvement programme for Torphichen Primary School.
A special milestone has been reached in the project to deliver a brand new £3 million partnership centre for East Calder.
Young people across West Lothian have been taking the Democracy Challenge to encourage them to register to vote.
Over 180 more West Lothian homes are set to become more energy efficient.
Kind-hearted volunteers are urgently needed by West Lothian Advice Shop to support local people who have been called to attend a medical assessment in Edinburgh as part of their claim for disability benefits.
West Lothian residents are being invited to attend a special flag-raising ceremony to mark Commonwealth Day at West Lothian Civic Centre on Monday 13 March at 9.50am with the Commonwealth Flag being raised at 10am.
This year the theme for International Women's Day (IWD), which takes place on Wednesday 8 March is 'Be Bold For Change'.
West Lothian Council's Executive Committee has ratified funding of £94,780 from the West Lothian Villages Improvement Fund for projects in West Calder and Breich.
West Lothian Council's Executive Committee has praised the events and activities which have taken place in West Lothian to mark World War One commemorations.