€82 Million for Back to School Allowance

Ó Domhnaill Welcomes the Provision of €82 Million for Back to School Clothing & Footwear Allowance

Donegal South West Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill has welcomed the confirmation from his colleague the Minister for Social Protection, Eamon Ó Cuív TD,  that some €82 million is earmarked to support parents with the costs of School clothing and footwear for their children.

Senator Ó Domhnaill said; “I would encourage parents who may be entitled to the allowance – a payment of €200 or €305 depending on the age of their children to apply for the support as early as possible so that they may have their payments before the new School term starts.”

“This year’s allocation of €82 million represents an increase in €59 million in the scheme since 2006.  Approximately 160,000 families with over 310,000 children will benefit from the Back to School clothing and Footwear allowance in 2010. This support shows the Government’s ongoing commitment to assist families who are under pressure financially, and the start of a School year can be very pressurised time on household budgets.”

“Parents will receive €200 for each eligible child aged between 2 and 11 years and €305 for each eligible child aged between 12 to 22 years which will assist to meet the cost of School uniforms and footwear for their children. Applications can be made from now until September at local HSE Offices  or online for the scheme. ”

“The scheme is administered on behalf of the Department of Social Protection by the Community Welfare Division of the Health Service Executive.

Posted: Jun 22, 2010     |     Categories: Donegal South West