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Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance

From: Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection

What the Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance is

The Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance is a means-tested once-off payment aimed at helping families with the extra costs when children start school each autumn.

The Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance scheme is open from 01 June to 30 September each year

How to qualify

To qualify for Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance, you must meet the following conditions:

  • you must be in receipt of a qualifying social protection payment or participating in an approved employment, education or training support scheme
  • you must be in receipt of an increase for a qualified child (IQC) in respect of each child for whom the allowance is being claimed (except in certain circumstances)
  • each child being claimed for must be:

-aged between 4 and 17

or

-aged between 18 and 22, and returning to second-level education in the autumn

  • the assessable income for your household must be within a set income limit
  • you and each child in respect of whom the allowance is claimed must be resident in the State

Rates of payment

    Child’s age Rate
    4 – 11 €150
    12 – 22 €275

Remember, children between 18 and 22 years old must be in second-level education to qualify.

Apply

Through a matching process in the Department, many customers will receive the Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance payment automatically. Award letters issue to these customers in June.

At the end of June, if you have not received an award letter for Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance and you are in receipt of a weekly social protection payment, you will need to submit an application for Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance, even if you received the payment last year.

From the end of June, you can apply for Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance online on www.mywelfare.ie.

To apply online you must have a Public Services Card and a verified MyGovID account. If you do not have a Public Services Card, you can make an appointment to get one at www.mywelfare.ie.

Alternatively, you can submit an application form.

Application forms will be available at the end of June:

  • by downloading from this website
  • in all Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection offices

The closing date for receipt of applications is 30 September.

Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance

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(Note: the rates charged for using 1890 (Lo-call) numbers may vary)

Operational Guidelines

Operational guidelines describe the processes and procedures that staff in the department follow when carrying out their work.

Operational Guidelines: Back to School Clothing and Footwear Scheme