More than 100,000 families across Ireland will receive a back-to-school clothing and footwear allowance this week.
Social Care Minister Heather Humphreys made the announcement today (Monday July 11) and also confirmed that an additional payment of €100 will be paid into bank accounts from next week.
It provides a one-time payment to eligible families for the cost of school clothes and shoes.
About 151,000 families and 262,000 children are expected to benefit from this program – at a total cost of 84 million euros – by the end of September.
Minister Humphreys said, “I am pleased that starting today, the Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance is being provided to tens of thousands of families across the state.
“This program recognizes the pressures that families with school-aged children experience at this time of year, especially given the cost of living challenges people face.”
Speaking about the extra €100 stipend she got, she said: ‘My department got the processes in place quickly – ensuring that this extra money is paid out from next Monday.’
“I am also pleased that as a result of the changes I introduced in the budget, payment rates will be increased for single parents. These changes and increases are really important to help families buy school uniforms and other costs related to the start of the school year.
For 2022, the total amount paid for each eligible child aged 4 to 11 will be €260 and the rate payable for each eligible child aged 12 and over will be €385.
Payment will be made in two instalments for those receiving their allowance today (July 11); the initial allocated amount will be paid this week, followed by the additional payment of €100 per eligible child next week.
Any payments granted after today will include the €100 increase for each child in a single payment granted to the family.
Ukrainian families who have moved to Ireland due to the war will also benefit from this programme.
Minister Humphreys urges all families to check their eligibility and apply for the program by September 30.
She said: “The Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance will also be paid to families who benefit from the Temporary Protection Directive for Ukraine under the same eligibility criteria as Irish families.
“I would advise anyone wishing to find out more about this program to contact their local Intreo center or visit MyWelfare.ie.”
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