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Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance 2016/2017

The purpose of this allowance is to help families on social welfare and Health Service Executive payments meet the cost of uniforms and footwear for children who are attending school. The scheme operates from 1st June and 30th September 2016. Application form's for the scheme will be available from 10th June 2016.

The scheme applies to children aged between 4 and 17 on or before 30th September or aged between 18 and 22 on or before 30th September but only if they are in second-level education in a recognised school or college. The scheme does not apply to those in third level education.

To be eligible for the allowance the applicant (parent or guardian) must be receiving certain social welfare payments or payments for training, employment schemes or adult education. Total household income must also be below a certain amount.

The rate of payment is age related as follows:

€100 for each child aged 4-11 on or before 30th September 2016
€200 for each child aged 12-22 on or before 30th September 2016

It is expected that the administrative arrangements for the 2016/17 Scheme will be the same as last year. This means that the majority of Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance entitlements will be fully automated with no application form required from previous customers. These customers will simply receive a letter from the Department of Social Protection in week ending 10th June telling them when and how their payment will be made - it is expected that automatic payments will issue in the week ending Friday 15th July 2016 and are to be collected on the same day as the customer's weekly payment.

If you have a child over 18 years who will be returning to second-level education, you will need to apply for the allowance of this child again and provide confirmation that they are returning to second-level education.

A customer who does not receive an automated payment will be required to complete an application form which will become available in June 2016. These applications will then be processed from one centralised unit within the Department of Social Protection. Further information on the scheme