E-Bulletin from 7 April 2020

Information published on Coronavirus (COVID-19) and how it is affecting our services.

Free school lunch provision to remain in place during Easter

Free school lunches will continue to be provided during the school holiday period, including public holidays.  This includes Good Friday and Easter Monday.

There have been some changes to the collection points from today (Monday 06 April) onwards.

Further information is available on School meal provision to continue

Key Workers Hubs will remain open during Easter

Key Worker Childcare Centres will also continue to operate during the school holiday period including public holidays.

Further information can be found on Keyworker Childcare

Information for Student/Parent/Carer

Across our schools we are working together to ensure that our young people get recognition for their hard work and receive the qualifications they deserve. We have robust systems in place to gather the necessary evidence for submission of estimates.

The SQA have provided an update on arrangements for young people completing courses in Session 2019/20

Household Waste 

Household waste collection services (Brown, blue, grey and food) continue as normal however there are changes over the Easter bank holiday weekend. 

Residents of West Lothian are asked to note the following information regarding bin collections over the Easter weekend:

  • All collections due on Good Friday (10 April) including grey, blue and brown bins will continue as scheduled. Residents are asked to please leave out their bin until it has been collected.  
  • Grey and blue bins due to be collected on Easter Monday (13 April) should be presented as scheduled and left out until collected. It may take several days to complete all routes depending on available resource which could be impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak although it is hoped that this will be done much quicker.
  • Brown bins due for collection on Easter Monday (13 April) should be presented one day early on Easter Sunday (12 April).If for any reason we cannot get access to your street then we will endeavour to collect it the following day. 

All bins should be placed by the kerbside by 7am on collection day and left out as advised.

Residents can keep up to date with bin collections in their area by visiting Check Bin Collection Dates

As more of us work from home, we're appealing to residents to carefully consider where they park their cars and vans on bin collection days.

The advice is, always park more than 10m (32ft) from a junction, and close to the kerb with wing mirrors folded in. This will allow lorries to safely access streets and bins.

In flatted properties and those with communal bins it is even more important to allow clear access to bin stores and the dropped kerbs which enable the crews to collect bins.

Bulky waste collections - suspended

Some bookings that were made before 25 March will be honoured. 

Recycling Centres Update

Recycling Centres across West Lothian are closed. Staffing resources have been diverted towards the continued delivery of the waste collection service. As a reminder, non-essential car journeys are discouraged as part of the wider Government guidance.

Street Cleansing in West Lothian

Our Street Cleansing service has been suspended as the team are now working to maintain the Household Waste Collection Service. This obviously has an impact on the work that the Street Cleansing team would normally carry out so we need your help, particularly from dog owners.

Please ensure that you tidy up after your dog.

We have had enquiries and comments about the amount of dog mess on paths. We do have some members of the Street Cleansing team out emptying public bins regularly but they can't continue to offer the same level of service at this time so we are appealing to dog walkers to pick up the mess and dispose of it in their own household landfill bin.

Support for vulnerable people in West Lothian 

Third Sector Resilience Fund and Business Support Fund now taking applications

Funding to help area's charities, voluntary orgs, community groups and small businesses.

Loss of job, loss of work or financial difficulty

Advice for those facing hardship because of Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Replacement Hearing Aid Batteries - Update

Libraries are closed but if you require replacement hearing aid batteries please contact the telephone number provided on your replacement batteries card (yellow card) stating the battery type required and the Audiology department will post these directly to you. 

Help us protect vulnerable children and adults in West Lothian

Everyone can play their part to help vulnerable people, so please contact us if you have any concerns about:

  • domestic abuse - 01506 281055, call/text 0781 842 1480/ 07799 341680.
  • child at risk (0 -18) - 01506 284440 (option 2)
  • adult at risk (16 - 64) - 01506 284440 (option 2)
  • older person at risk (65+) - 01506 284700

Out of office hours please phone 01506 281028 or 01506 281029. In an emergency, please dial 999

Social Work and Social Care job opportunities in West Lothian

We are offering temporary employment opportunities for individuals to join our teams. In order to continue offering the best services we can for West Lothian's most vulnerable people, we are offering temporary employment opportunities for individuals to join our teams in the following areas:

  • Care for vulnerable older people (ref 202011)
  • Residential care for adults and older people (ref 202022)
  • Support for vulnerable families (ref 202033)
  • Residential Child Care (ref 202044)
  • Support for vulnerable adults (ref 20255)
  • Support with people who have mental health or addiction difficulties (ref 20266)

Salary will be dependent on the role, qualifications and your experience but will be between £17,250 - £25,264 or £25,978 and £39,868 per annum (full-time equivalent).

We can currently offer opportunities on a fixed term basis or as casual/supply work, and a range of working hours and patterns are available. 

Apply online for Social Work and Social Care job

Education Psychology support

The council's Educational Psychology Service has launched a new telephone support service to help provide advice and consultation to West Lothian families, school staff, and our partner agencies during these unusual times. The new service aims to provide support, advice, or even just a listening ear for anyone who has concerns about how to support their own or a child's wellbeing.

The service will operate, Monday to Friday from 9.30-12.30 and people are invited to call the team on 01506 283130 or send an email to: ed.psych@westlothian.gov.uk to leave a message and an Educational Psychologist will call them back.

Please note this service will not be available on Good Friday (10 April) and Easter Monday (13 April). 

Further useful resources from the service are available here

Message from Council Leader

Message from Chief Executive

Coronavirus HUB - all updates relating to Coronavirus

A big THANK YOU to our Local Heroes