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Friday 20 July 2018

Louth families eligible for back to school allowance

Fergus O’Dowd TD
Fergus O’Dowd TD

Olivia Ryan

Up to 3,847 families in County Louth are set to benefit from the Back to School Allowance, it emerged this week.

The 2018/19 round of funding under the Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance is set to benefit 170,000 children across the country.

Welcoming the announcement, Louth TD Fergus O'Dowd said: 'The Department of Social Protection estimates approximately 3,847 families in Louth will benefit from the new round of funding, which will be paid the week ending Friday, July 13th.

'We all know the costs associated with going back to school in the autumn. The Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance is a means-tested once-off payment aimed at helping families with these costs to alleviate pressures at back to school time.'

The Government is able to provide this increase thanks to our recovering economy, driven by increasing employment. This means more money to improve social services and social supports.

The Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance is available to primary and secondary school students and is paid at a rate of €125 for children aged 4-11 and €250 for children aged 12 years and over. O'Dowd continued: 'In order to qualify for the allowance, the applicant must be in receipt of certain social welfare payments or be taking part in training, employment or adult education schemes, with total household income below a certain threshold. The vast majority of families who received this payment last year will receive it again this year without having to reapply. Only those who do not receive notification of an automated payment by early July, or those who want to make a first time application, will need to apply. Everyone can check out their eligibility at www.welfare.ie/backtoschool

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