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  West Lothian celebrates Living Wage commitment  
     
 

West Lothian Council has been accredited as a Living Wage employer by The Living Wage Foundation, in partnership with Poverty Alliance. The Living Wage is significantly higher than the national minimum wage and employers choose to pay the Living Wage on a voluntary basis.  More than 2,000 West Lothian workers will benefit from an increase in their pay following West Lothian Council’s move to become a Living Wage accredited employer.

 
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  West Lothian Council runner up @ UK Housing Awards  
   
  new council house site West Lothian Council has been praised by housing experts at the highly prestigious UK Housing Awards, after being named as one of the UK’s top three Local Authorities. West Lothian Council was shortlisted in two categories for the UK Housing Awards 2016 which were held recently. The awards recognise outstanding work by housing organisations to improve the lives of people in their communities. West Lothian Council’s 1,000 new-build housing programme was Highly Commended in the Local Authority of the Year category, coming second to Manchester City Council which is one of the UK’s largest councils.  
   
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  River Almond makeover  
   
  Almond clean up The famous River Almond in Livingston has benefited from a makeover.Members of West Lothian Council’s Parks and Woodlands and Cleaner Communities teams joined forces to clear up the area around the Bridge of Remembrance near West Lothian Civic Centre. The teams stripped back vegetation and picked up litter and discarded shopping trollies from the areas surrounding the River Almond. Using specialist equipment such as safety ropes, chainsaws and a wood chipper, the teams took two days to safely clear the vegetation as well as remove litter and debris.  
   
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  Slim bins roll out  
   
  bins West Lothian Council is the latest Scottish council to reduce the size of grey (landfill) household bins in an effort to encourage more householders to recycle their waste. The process of replacing existing grey bins (landfill) with a new slim bin has started and will be rolled-out on a phased basis, with all areas receiving their new bin by the beginning of 2017. City of Edinburgh Council, Fife Council and Perth and Kinross Council have already introduced smaller bins. The change is designed to actively encourage residents to reduce the amount of waste being placed into grey (landfill) bins and to use more of the recycling facilities currently on offer.  
   
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  Scottish Parliamentary Election results  
   
  Election results The count for Almond Valley constituency and Linlithgow constituency took place at West Lothian College.  For full details click on 'read more'.  
   
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Dates for your diary
 
Exploring Hand Stitch Workshop    Saturday 11 June, Howden Park Centre 
Exploring hand stitch  
Forthcoming exhibiting artist Sue Stone will show participants how to experiment with sewing techniques to create texture and pattern samples for future work.  Sue has exhibited across the world and has featured in several textile publications and books.  Suitable for all experience levels. Howden Park Centre, Livingston, Saturday 11 June, 10am to 4.30pm. Tickets £40/£37 concession.
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Festival of Brass   Sunday 12 June, Howden Park Centre
Festival of Brass  
An annual celebration of the best of brass, which features six of Scotland’s top brass bands in competition. This contest provides entertainment and musicianship of the highest quality, with all the excitement that the competition brings.  Competing bands: Whitburn Band, Bon Accord Silver Band, Kingdom Brass, Kirkintilloch Band, Kirkintilloch Kelvin Brass and Lochgelly Band.
Sunday 12 June, 2pm to 8.30pm, Howden Park Centre, Livingston, tickets £12/£10 concession, £6.50 full time students. 
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Football Tournament     Saturday 7 May, Livingston 
football tournament  
The Meet the World football tournament takes place at Bankton Mains, Murieston, from 9am this Saturday 7 May.  Eight youth teams from the West Lothian league will be competing to win a trip to the Gothia Cup in Sweden from 17 - 23 July. The Gothia Cup is the largest youth football tournament in the world.
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Gala Day Season 2016      Support your local Gala Day
Gala Day dates 2016  
It's not long now until the 2016 West Lothian gala season gets underway. For details of events click on 'Read More'. We have not been advised of all the dates yet so please keep checking.
 
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