Back To School Allowance Payments To Be Made From Today

Over 7,000 families in the midlands will receive the Back-to-school allowance this week. 

Over 7,000 families in the midlands will receive the Back-to-school allowance this week. 

€160 will be paid for children aged before 4 and 11 and €285 will be allocated for those over the age of 12 and in second level education to assist with the cost of school uniforms and footwear ahead of the new school term.

In Laois 2,419 families will receive the funding, 2,364 will benefit in Offaly and 2,766 payments will be made in Westmeath. 

Nationally, 223,000 pupils will benefit from the 47 and a half million euro, with electronic payments being made from today. 

Applications for the Back-to-school allowance are still open, with claims being processed up until September 30th. 

Minister Humphreys says "the costs associated with children both starting and returning to school can put a lot of financial pressure on families throughout the country. The Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance provides valuable support to families to assist with these costs and I would urge anybody who has not yet applied to check their eligibility for the scheme. The support that we are providing today is on top of a number of measures that we have introduced in order to support families across the country with the cost of living. These include a major roll-out of the Hot School Meals Programme and the delivering of the Free School Books Scheme. These supports are in addition to the double Child Benefit Payment and increases to the Working Family Payment threshold – which have benefitted tens of thousands of working families. As Minister, I will continue to support working families, who will form a big focus of our Budget negotiations that will take place over the next number of weeks."

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