Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) School Year 2020-2021

Closes 31 Mar 2021

Before you complete your application

Your Data: Education Maintenance Allowance

The Scottish Government and Scottish Borders Council are the data controllers in relation to the processing of your application. This is because Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) is funded by the Scottish Government and administered by Local Authority as part of its public task.

You can contact us by post Scottish Borders Council, HQ Operations, Children & Young People, Newtown St Boswells, TD6 0SA or by phone Customer Services  0300 100 1800 or by email

You can contact the council’s data protection officer using the contact details for the council as set out above or by email at

How your information will be used

We will use your information for the purposes of  assessment, award payment and if necessary, recovery of EMA. We will provide the Scottish Government in line with the requirements of the Scottish Government EMA  (Scotland) Business Model.

Your information will be accessed by council staff who need to use it in order to provide the service described above. The council is legally obliged to safeguard public funds so details will be checked internally for fraud prevention and  verification purposes and may be shared with other public bodies such as HMRC for the same purpose.

This information will be retained for 6 years.

Please note the council does not use profiling or automated decision making processes. Some processes are semi-automated (such as anti-fraud data matching) but a human decision maker will always be involved before any decision is reached in relation to you.

For information on what rights you have over your personal data, please visit our website or if you would like a hard copy of this information please contact us using the contact details provided above.

If you are unhappy with the way the Council handles your personal data please contact the Council’s Data Protection Officer. If after raising your concerns with the Data Protection Officer you remain dissatisfied you have the right to complain to the Information Commissioner’s Office (45 Melville Street, Edinburgh, EH3 7HL, Tel: 0131 244 9001, Email:

For more information on data protection, please visit the ICO website:

I have read and understood the information above.