Minister for Social Protection, Heather Humphreys TD, has announced that over 131,000 families will receive the enhanced Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance
The payment from the Department of Social Protection is designed to support eligible families with the cost of school uniforms and footwear ahead of the upcoming school term.
Minister Humphreys has increased the rates of payment this year by €100 per child to reflect the ongoing cost of living pressures facing families.This means that €260 will be paid in respect of children aged 4-11 years old and €385 will be paid in respect of children aged 12 years and over in second level education. Overall, payments totalling over €72 million will be made automatically to over 131,000 families, in respect of over 231,000 children, from today. A notification of the automated payment is sent to customers by post or through their MyWelfare account.
The Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance remains open for applications until September 30th and eligible families are being encouraged to apply. Decisions on these cases will be processed manually and if entitled payment will issue once they are processed.
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