Parents urged to avail of school allowance

Cllr. Patrick McGowan is urging parents across the country to avail of the Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance without delay.

Cllr. Patrick McGowan is urging parents across the country to avail of the Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance without delay.

Around 160,000 families with over 300,000 children are expected to benefit from the Back to School Clothing & Footwear Allowance this year. Under the scheme, parents receive €200 for each eligible child aged between 2 and 11 years and €305 for each eligible child aged between 12 and 22 years. It is also available for 18 to 22-year-olds in full-time education.

“Approximately €80 million is being made available this year to help families with the cost of school uniforms ahead of the new school year in September,” Cllr Patrick McGowan said.

“I would encourage all parents who do not receive letters about an automatic payment to make contact with the Department of Social Welfare as early as possible to ensure they have the money needed to prepare for the new school year.”

The Department of Social Protection has changed the administrative arrangements for the allowance and it will be paid automatically in most cases.

Most people will be receiving letters informing them of the amount that will be paid to them and it will be received from the end of June.

For people who don’t receive a letter about their allowance, application forms will be available from June 30th. A mobile text service can be used to get an application form by texting - FORM BTSCFA - to 51909 followed by your name and address.