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  • Family support
    • Children and Families

      Find information, advice and resources available for children and families in West Lothian including Getting It Right For Every Child (GIRFEC), early years services, fostering, child protection, Children and Young People Team, Youth Inclusion Project and Child Disability Service.

    • Support Groups and Organisations

      Find out how to contact a range of support groups and organisations relating to social care and health in West Lothian.

  • Fares, passes and permits
    • Concessionary Travel

      West Lothian Council offer concessionary travel to older and disabled citizens as well as some school children, 16-18 year olds and full time volunteers up to 25 years.

    • Young Scot Card

      The Young Scot National Entitlement Card (NEC) for young people is a free electronic smart card for everyone aged 11 to 25.

  • Farming
  • Fire and rescue services
    • Scottish Fire and Rescue Service

      Information is provided on how the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service meets national priorities and objectives whilst delivering performance to a high standard that keeps residents safe from the risk of fire.

  • Fire regulations
    • Fire, the Law and Your Business

      Since the Fire (Scotland) Act 2005 came into being, non-domestic premises are now required to carry out a specific Risk Assessment for Fire. Most businesses have to record any significant findings from this assessment, and this document must be made available to your local Fire & Rescue Service when they visit you for an audit. Have you got yours?

  • Firework displays
    • Fireworks Dispensation

      West Lothian Council operates a Firework Dispensation scheme which is administered by the Council's Licensing Team.

    • Public Entertainment Licence

      West Lothian Council operates a public entertainment licensing scheme (which includes firework displays) and is administered by the Council's Licensing Team. The Team are able to provide general guidance on the scheme but cannot assist you to complete your application form or provide legal advice on whether a licence is required.

  • Fishing licences
    • Fishing on the River Almond

      The River Almond flows for 50km from the Cant Hills near Kirk of Shotts to where it enters the Firth of Forth at Crammond. Running through so many towns and villages, the Almond provides an ideal opportunity for angling in Central Scotland.

  • Flea control
    • Fleas

      West Lothian Council provides a comprehensive service to deal with flea infestations.

  • Flooding
    • Flood Re Home Insurance

      Flood Re is a joint UK Government and Insurance Industry initiative to help those households who live in a flood risk area obtain affordable home insurance.

    • Flooding or Drainage Issues

      Like many other parts of the United Kingdom, West Lothian is experiencing the effects of a changing climate.

    • Update on Flood Risk Management

      Like many other parts of the United Kingdom, West Lothian is experiencing the effects of a changing climate. Scotland is currently adopting a new approach to manage the risk of flooding

    • Update on Supplementary Planning Guidance

      West Lothian Council is currently working on the West Lothian Local Development Plan which, when adopted, will replace the West Lothian Local Plan

  • Food hygiene
    • Food Safety Information

      Environmental Health provide guidance and advice with regard to Food Safety, including registering a food business, carrying out inspections and investigating complaints.

  • Food safety training
    • Food Safety Information

      Environmental Health provide guidance and advice with regard to Food Safety, including registering a food business, carrying out inspections and investigating complaints.

    • Training for food businesses

      If you run a food business you have a legal duty to ensure that anyone working with food or in a food environment is suitably trained in food safety.

  • Food standards
    • Advice for new food businesses

      If you are hoping to start up a new food business it is essential that you get things right from the start.

    • Food Safety Information

      Environmental Health provide guidance and advice with regard to Food Safety, including registering a food business, carrying out inspections and investigating complaints.

  • Foot bridges
    • Road Bridges

      The council is responsible for 742 bridges located throughout West Lothian.

  • Footpaths (rights of way)
    • Core Paths Plan

      Core paths are paths, waterways or any other means of crossing land to facilitate, promote and manage the exercise of access rights under the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003, and are identified as such in access authority core paths plans.

    • Countryside and Urban Access

      West Lothian is a large urban dominated area, however our countryside is a valuable resource for the environment and recreation.

    • Mapping of walking and cycling routes

      In addition to the National Cycle Network routes crossing West Lothian, the area offers a variety of local walking and cycling routes.

    • Countryside Access Forum

      Local access forums are statutory advisory bodies which aims to deliver a balanced representation of land managers, participants in outdoor access, communities and public agencies.

  • Fostering
    • Children and Families

      Find information, advice and resources available for children and families in West Lothian including Getting It Right For Every Child (GIRFEC), early years services, fostering, child protection, Children and Young People Team, Youth Inclusion Project and Child Disability Service.

  • Freedom of information
    • Accessing Information

      West Lothian Council is committed to being open, honest and accountable.

    • Business Rates (Non-Domestic Rates) Freedom of Information Requests

      West Lothian Council receives a number of requests of a similar nature for information which relates to Business Rate accounts (non-domestic properties).

    • Environmental Information Requests

      The Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004 give individuals the right to access environmental information held by public authorities.

    • Freedom of Information requests

      Anyone - from anywhere in the world - has a right to see almost any kind of recorded information held by West Lothian Council, however old the information is. You do not have to say why you want the information or what you want it for and we are obliged to respond to all information requests we receive within 20 working days of receipt.

    • Frequently Asked Questions

      Frequently asked questions regarding Freedom of Information requests.

  • Fridge recycling
    • Find your Local Recycling Centre

      West Lothian Council provides six Community Recycling Centres where residents can take household items to be recycled or disposed of. Details of the locations and opening hours of recycling centres can be be viewed here.

    • Recycling Information

      Recycling means using waste materials to manufacture new products. Materials like cans, glass, paper and textiles are valuable resources that can be used to make new products. Information is contained below on what can be recycled.

  • Further education colleges
    • School Leavers Data

      This page provides you with information relating to the destinations of school leavers from West Lothian secondary schools.