20 May
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Education Executive has approved plans to design and implement a Summer of Play activity programme for local young people. 
This will build on the previous Holiday Lunch and Activities programme in place across West Lothian, in line with Scottish Government guidance.
West Lothian has received a £541,000 one-off payment from the Scottish Government for this year's programme, which will be added to the £175,000 annual budget put aside by the council.
West Lothian Council has already agreed to pay £15 per pupil, per week direct to eligible low-income families during the 2021 summer holidays, at an estimated cost of over £1.3 million.
Details of the programme are still being developed by the council's Community Learning and Development Youth Services team, in partnership with other teams such as Active Schools and third sector partners and community groups.
Executive councillor for education David Dodds said: "I'm delighted that we are able to do more than ever to support vulnerable children and young people in West Lothian this summer.
"The Summer of Play will build on the existing good work that has taken place in West Lothian during the summer holidays in recent years. 
"We are looking to develop a new Holiday Activity Model in 2022, so the experiences gained this year will help us ensure the right long-term provision is in place during the Summer holidays going forward."  
Details of the new programme will be shared with parents/carers when finalised.