Parents must meet criteria to get allowance
Published 23/08/2010 | 05:00
The Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance is to help parents meet the cost of uniforms and shoes for children attending school.
The scheme runs from June 1 to September 30 each year. The allowance is provided by the Health Service Executive as part of the Supplementary Welfare Scheme.
To get the allowance, the parent or guardian must meet a number of criteria. They must be getting certain social welfare payments or payments for training, employment schemes or adult education.
The applicant's total household income must be below a certain amount. For instance, a couple with two children must have an income below €593.40 per week to apply. The income limit for a lone parent with one child is €410.10 a week.
The child must be aged between two and 22 before October 1 of the year of the application and must be in full-time education at a rec-ognised school or college.