Welfare: Full list of parents eligible for cash boost as ‘back to school’ allowance opens for applications

Thousands of Irish parents will benefit from a cash boost in the coming weeks as payments are due for the Back to School Allowance for clothes and shoes.

Applications have opened today so new families can apply for the payment amid the rising cost of living in Ireland.

The Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance provides a one-time payment to eligible families to cover the cost of school clothing and footwear.

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The payment rates for each child have been increased this year from €10 to €160 for children aged 4 to 11 and to €285 for children aged 12 and over in secondary education.

Ukrainian families who have moved to Ireland due to the war will also benefit from this scheme.

You may be eligible for the Back-to-School Clothing and Footwear Allowance if you are:

  • Obtain a social assistance payment (including the Working Family Payment and Back to Work Family Dividend or payment from the Health Service Executive, or
  • Participate in a contracted integration scheme (insertion scheme) or
  • Participate in a recognized education or training course, or
  • Obtain a daily expense allowance for a child attending school (or for yourself if you are between 18 and 22 years old and returning to secondary school full-time), or
  • Involved in a regional partnership program, or
  • Follow a FET training (formerly Fás)

Your child must be between the ages of 4 and 17 on September 30. If they are between the ages of 18 and 22, they must return to full-time secondary education at an accredited school or college in the fall of the year you are applying.

Opening the scheme earlier today, Minister Humphreys said: ‘I am delighted to announce that the Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance for 2022 is now open for applications.



Welfare: Full list of parents eligible for cash assistance as ‘back to school’ allowance opens for applications

“I am delighted to have secured over €58m for the program this year – recognizing the pressures families with school-age children face at this time of year.

“As part of a number of targeted measures in Budget 2022, I am increasing payment rates this year.

“I also expanded eligibility for single parents by raising the income limits for single-parent families to match those for two-parent families.

Minister Humphreys continued: “My ministry will process and issue automatic payments to some 120,000 families in July and I urge all families to verify their eligibility for this important program.

“The Back to School Allowance for Clothing and Footwear will also be paid to families who benefit from the Temporary Protection Directive for Ukraine under the same eligibility criteria as Irish families.

“This program is extremely important to help families cope with a very expensive time of year.

“I would advise anyone wishing to find out more about this scheme to contact their local Intreo office or visit MyWelfare.ie.”

Back-to-school allowances for clothing and footwear will be provided to over 120,000 families during the week beginning July 11, 2022.

The Department of Social Protection is currently processing these payments and customers will receive written confirmation of their entitlement by this week (from June 20), advising them of their automatic entitlement.

If you do not receive notification from the Department of an automated payment, you must apply online at www.MyWelfare.ie even if they received a payment last year.

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