Parents must meet criteria to get allowance
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.