It’s not that long since school finished for most children – but thousands of families will already have got the Back to School Allowance for the next school year. TheBack to School payments were due to be made during the week beginning 9th July 2018.
The Department of Social Protection pays the Back to School payment automatically to many families that qualify. Anyone that qualifies automatically should have had a letter during June stating when and how your Allowance will be paid. If you didn’t get a letter – you will need to apply (details at the end).
Update: July 17th : There are currently delays in processing the Back to School Allowance . The Dept of Social Protection have said that applications received in the week ending 29th June are currently being processed. Those customers will shortly receive a text notification to confirm receipt of their application and where eligible, they will receive their payment soon afterwards. They also say that anyone who has submitted a BSCFA Application after 29th June , should receive confirmation of the receipt of this application within the coming two to three weeks and, where eligible, will receive payment “as soon as possible thereafter”.
(* We hope the delay is not as bad as 2011 – when some payments didn’t go out until September.)
In 2017, Back to School payments of €49 million were made to 151,000 families in respect of over 275,000 children.
How Much Is It ?
The back to school allowances went up in 2017 :
The allowance paid for each eligible child aged 4-11 on or before 30 September 2018 is €125
The allowance paid for each eligible child aged 12-22 on or before 30 September 2018 is €250.
(Children aged between 18 and 22 years must be in full-time second-level education in a recognised school or college.)
Note: Prior to 2011 the Back to School Allowance was €305 for children over 12 and €200 for children under 12. So we are still a long way off those levels. A Back to school allowance of €200 for two and three year olds was abolished in 2012.
Who Qualifies ?
To qualify for the Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance you need to fulfil one of the criteria below:
- Getting a social welfare payment (including Working Family Payment (was previously called FIS) and Back to Work Family Dividend) or a Health Service Executive payment, or
- Taking part in an approved employment scheme (back to work scheme) or
- Taking part in a recognised education or training course, or
Involved in an Area Partnership Scheme, or
- Attending a FET (formerly Fás) or, Fáilte Ireland training course.
There is also a means test Full rules here
Application Forms for the scheme were available from the 22 June 2018. The closing date for applications is 30 September 2018.
If you need an application form, you can text “FORM BTSCFA” followed by your name and address to 51909 or you can collect one at any Intreo or Social Welfare office.
Any person whose circumstances have changed should contact the Department of Social Protection at 1890 66 22 44 or 0 71 91 93302 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.