Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance

Introduction

Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance is a means-tested payment which aids families with the cost of clothing and footware for children starting school in the autumn. 

Qualifying for Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance

You may qualify for the Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance if you are:

or

  • Taking part in a recognised education or training course, or
  • Involved in an Area Partnership Scheme, or
  • Attending an FET, Fáilte Ireland or Local Employment Services (LES) training scheme.

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Rates of Payment

The payment is means tested based on gross income, less PRSI and reasonable travel expenses, and is as follows:

 
Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance Income Limits
Children:  1 Child2 Children3 Children4 Children
Couple*€600.70    €637.70€674.70  €711.70*
*Each extra child €37
Lone Parent**€435.30   €472.30€509.30    €546.30**
**Each extra child €37
  • The allowance paid for each eligible child aged 4-11 on or before 30th September 2019 is €150.
  • The allowance paid for each eligible child aged 12-22 on or before 30th September 2019 is €275.

The allowance will only be paid for eligible children aged 18-22 who are in second-level education.


How to Apply for Back To School Clothing and Footware Allowance

The Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection pays BSCFA automatically to many customers. This means that they do not have to apply for the payment.

If you qualify automatically, you should receive a letter stating when and how your Allowance will be paid. If you do not receive a letter, you may have to make an application to the BSCFA section which is based in the Department’s Sligo office.

Further information on how to apply for this payment is available on the Department’s website: www.welfare.ie/backtoschool .

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Contact Us

Telephone

You can speak, in complete confidence, to an Information Officer in the Information and Advocacy section directly at 01 - 856 0088 , Monday - Thursday 9.30 am to 5.00 pm and Friday 9.30am to 4.00pm.

Online

Use the online Contact Us form on the INOU website

E-mail

You can send your query directly to us by e-mail at welfare@inou.ie