Monday, July 25, 2011

Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance

This leaflet contains important information

Back to School clothing & footwear allowance

Dear parent,

If you have children attending school you may be entitled to but unaware of the following allowance. The back to school clothing and footwear allowance (SW-75) is one of the most under claimed of all welfare payments. Many people who are entitled to this allowance are struggling without it yet fail to claim it.

This payment helps towards the cost of sending children back to school and is paid from June 1st to September 30th each year. The allowance is €200 per child aged 2 - 11 and €305 per child aged 13 – 22.

You MAY qualify if you are:
Getting social welfare payment (including Family Income Supplement) or a Health Service Executive (HSE) payment or taking part in one of the approved employment schemes or training courses and
• Getting a Qualified Child increase with your social welfare payment.
• Your household income is within the limits in the table below.

Household income included:
Your main social welfare or HSE payment,
Income of qualified children on Youthreach,
Any other income including earnings before tax, but excluding PRSI and reasonable travel expenses.

Couple with: Income Limit: Lone Parent: Income Limit:
1 Child €563.60 1 Child €410.00
2 Children €593.40 2 Children €439.90
3 Children €623.20 3 Children €469.70
4 Children €653.00 4 Children €499.50

• Limit is increased by 29.80 for each additional child.

To find out if you qualify for this allowance call the HSE on 053 9147718. If you are in regular receipt of this allowance and have not yet received it, then you need to reapply immediately. Text 'form BTSCFA' followed by your name and address to 51909 and then return the completed form that they send you to Department of Social Protection, PO Box 131. Letterkenny, Co.Donegal. If you have any further queries on this or any other issue please feel free to contact me on 087 1361785.

Is mise,

Cllr. Anthony Kelly

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