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Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance 2013/2014

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.

In Budget 2012 changes were announced to the Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance which will take effect for the forthcoming school year 2013/2014. The Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance will reduce by €50 per child. This means that the Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance will reduce from €250 to €200 for children aged 12-17 or aged 18-22 and in full-time education and from €150 to €100 for children aged 4-11. (2013)

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 3-11 on or before 30th September 2013 (reduced from 150 in 2012)
€200 for each child aged 12-22 on or before 30th September 2013 (reduced from €250 in 2012)

The administrative arrangements for the 2011 Scheme changed from those that applied in previous years and it is expected that the change will continue for 2013/14 . This means that the majority of Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance entitlements will be fully automated with no application form required from customers. These customers will simply receive a letter from the Department of Social Protection in mid-June telling them when and how their payment will be made - it is expected that automatic payments will issue in the week commencing 15th July 2013.

A customer who does not receive an automated payment will be required to complete an application form which will become available from late June 2013. These applications will then be processed from one centralised unit within the Department of Social Protection. Further information on the scheme

School Books Grant Scheme

A grant scheme is available in Ireland for students in State primary and post-primary schools to help with the cost of school books. The scheme is mainly aimed at pupils from low-income families and families experiencing financial hardship. Funding for this scheme comes from the Department of Education and Science and the scheme is administered in each school by the School Principal.

More about the School Books Grant Scheme in Primary Schools and the Post Primary Schools

Students that may be eligible for assistance include;

Be aware that even if you or your parent/guardian is entitled to a medical card, this does not mean that you are automatically entitled to assistance under the scheme. The School principal has total discretion in deciding which students are most in need. In addition, the amount and form of assistance given to eligible pupils is a matter for individual schools subject to the terms of the scheme.
Further information about the operation of the scheme in your child's school is available from the School Principal. Applications for assistance under the scheme should be made directly to the School Principal

For more information: