Back to School Allowance
The Back to School Clothing and Footwear
Allowance is designed to help low-income families with the added costs of their
children returning to school each autumn. New uniforms, shoes, sports equipment
and books make this time of year particularly expensive for parents.
The scheme operates from 1st June until the 30th September every year.
Who qualifies for the allowance?
A parent or guardian must meet a number of
conditions in order to be eligible for the Allowance:
- You must be receiving certain social
welfare payments or payments for training, employment schemes or adult
- Your total household income must be below
a certain amount
- The child/student must be between 2 and 22
years before 1st October of the year you apply and must be in
full-time education at a recognised school or college
- Where a person is on short-term social
welfare payment, qualifying children must be aged 2-17 years.
For 2006, the total household income limit
was €441.40 for a couple with one child, increasing by €19.30 for each
additional child, and €314.90 for a lone parent with one child, increasing by
€21.60 for each additional child. Total income includes your main social
welfare or Health Service Executive Area payment and any wages you may earn
(before tax, but excluding PRSI and reasonable travel expenses).
The rate of allowance paid is currently
(as of 2006) €120 for each eligible child aged 2-11 and €190 for each eligible
child aged 12-17 (up to age 22 years if they are in full-time education and a
child dependant allowance is payable).
To apply for the allowance, contact the Community Welfare
Officer at your local health centre.