Saturday 25 September 2021
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Government announces details of the Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance scheme for 2018

Government announces details of the Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance scheme for 2018

The Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection, Regina Doherty, T.D., has announced details of the Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance scheme for 2018.

The Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance is a means-tested once-off payment aimed at helping families with the costs associated with children returning to school in the autumn. To qualify for the Allowance, the applicant must be in receipt of certain social welfare payments or taking part in training, employment or adult education schemes, with total household income below a certain threshold.

The Allowance will be paid automatically in the week ending Friday, 13th July 2018, to approximately 100,000 customers in respect of 170,000 school children. The Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection is currently writing to these customers.

North Cork Fine Gael Councillor John Paul O’ Shea encouraged parents who have not previously received the payment but who think they may qualify to check their eligibility. Cllr. O’ Shea said “The costs associated with children both starting and returning to school can put a lot of financial pressure on families throughout the country. The Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance can make a real difference in helping families and is available for schoolchildren from the age of four in primary school up to the age of 22 for students who are in second level education. It is paid at a rate of €125 for children aged 4-11 and €250 for children aged 12 years and over. I strongly encourage families to find out more about their eligibility atwww.welfare.ie/backtoschool”.

The Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance is a nationwide scheme that provides a once-off payment for eligible families to assist with the costs of school clothing and footwear when children start school each autumn. This year, the Government is providing €49.5 million for the Back to School Clothing and Footwear scheme, an increase of €2.1 million on the allocation for 2017.

To qualify for the Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance, the applicant must be in receipt of certain social welfare payments or taking part in training, employment or adult education schemes and the total household income must be less than the amounts set out in the table below. All dependent children are taken into account for the income limits (including children who do not qualify for the Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance, because they are under the age of 4).

The total household income includes a person’s main social welfare or Health Service Executive payment and any other income they may have including wages (before tax, but excluding employee PRSI and a standard travel allowance of up to €20 per week), maintenance, savings and investments.

Any income from Child Benefit, Rent Supplement , Family Income Supplement or any other income supplement, guardian’s payments,Blind Welfare AllowanceRehabilitation Training Allowance, rehabilitative employment (up to €120 per week), Domiciliary Care Allowance and Mobility Allowance is not counted.

Income Limits for 2018 are:

Couple with:

Income Limit Lone Parent with: Income Limit
1 child €587.20 1 child €425.10
2 children €619.00 2 children €456.90
3 children €650.80 3 children €488.70
4 children €682.60* 4 children €520.50*

*Limit is increased by €31.80 for each additional child

Savings and investments (including property, but not the claimant’s home) are assessed as follows:

Capital

Weekly means assessed
First €5,000 Not taken into account
Next €10,000 €1 per €1,000
Next €25,000 €2 per €1,000
Balance €4 per €1,000

Rates of Payment 
The rates of payment are:

  • €125 for children aged 4 to 11 on the 30th September 2018;
  • €250 for children aged 12 to 22 on the 30th September 2018. (Children between the ages of 18 and 22 must be in full-time second level education.

Customers who do not receive notification of an automated payment by early July, or those who want to make a first time application, will need to apply.

Customers can get an application form at their local Intreo Centre, by texting FORM BSCFA followed by their name and address to 51909, by emailing bscfa@welfare.ie with their name and address, or by downloading a form at www.welfare.ie/backtoschool. The closing date for receipt of applications is 30th September 2018.

The Allowance is paid in respect of eligible school children between the ages of 4 and 17 on or before 30th September 2018 and eligible students between the ages of 18 and 22 on or before 30th September 2018 who are in full-time second level education.

Customers who do not receive notification of an automated payment by early July, or those who want to make a first time application, will need to apply.

Full information on the Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance is available on the Department’s website at this link:www.welfare.ie/backtoschool .