This year, there are changes to the application process for back to school clothing and footwear allowances schemes.
Those receiving social welfare payments or HSE payments, who have a dependent child, may qualify for the allowance. Persons on certain approved employment training schemes may also qualify for the allowance.
The majority of those eligible will be paid automatically and do not need to apply for the scheme. This is different from previous years.
The back to school clothing and footwear allowance is a great assistance to many families each year. I want to highlight the fact that there are changes in the application process this year. These changes will make the payment system more efficient and easier for families.
The majority of those persons who qualify for the scheme will be paid automatically and do not need to complete an application form or contact the Department of Social Welfare. This is different to the arrangements that applied in previous years where you had to apply.
The allowance this year is as follows: €200 for each eligible child aged 2-11 years, €305 for each eligible child aged 12-17 years, and €305 for each eligible child aged 18-22 who is in full time education.
Those eligible will receive a letter from the Department of Social Welfare later this month informing when and how the payments will be made, and it is expected that payments will be issued from the end of June.
If you feel you may be eligible and yet do not receive communication from the Department of Social Welfare, then you will need to fill out an application form, which will be available from June 30th.
To request a form text FORM BTSCFA, followed by your name and address to 51099, or see www.welfare.ie
Anyone with any further questions should contact my office.