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New Scheme To Help With School Costs

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The Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance scheme for 2017 is now open for applications. The budget provision for the 2017 scheme is E37.4 million and eligible families will receive a once-off payment to assist them with the extra costs incurred when children start school in September 2017.

Balbriggan based Cllr Tony Murphy (IA) is encouraging local parents to apply for the allowance. He said, “The rates of payment are E100 for children between the age of four and 11 years and E200 for children over 12 years of age. I encourage all local parents of school going children to examine their entitlements,” he said. Application forms for this scheme are available from www.welfare.ie.

Update: Leo Varadkar increased The Back To School Clothing and Footwear allowance by 25% today, as his last gesture as Minister For Social Protection.

The allowance has previously been paid at a rate of €100 for children aged 4-11 and €200 for children aged 12-17.

From July onwards, it will be paid at a rate of €125 for children aged 4-11 and €250 for children aged 12-17.

The increases will see €10 million being added to allowance budget, which brings it to about €47.4 million for the year. The Department of Social Protection said about 108,000 families will benefit from the payment.