A local County Councillor is advising families applying for the Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance to get their application forms in early to avoid any possible delays. Cllr Mick Roche said that though many families who have claimed the scheme in the past will be automatically on the entitlement list, it made common sense to fill out the form and get it in.
"For schemes like the Back to School Allowance, it always pays to get your form in early," Cllr Roche said, "Its never been easier to access the forms. As well as being available at your local Social Welfare and Intreo offices, it can also be found online at welfare.ie, or got by emailing the Department of Social Protection at BSCFA@welfare.ie. You can also receive a copy by texting 'FormBTSCFA' followed by your name and address to 51909."
"Completed forms and supporting documentation should be returned to Department of Social Protection, PO Box 131,Letterkenny, Co. Donegal as quickly as possible as it may take a couple of weeks to process your claim. The Scheme is available to people who fall below the income limits set by the Department so you may qualify even if in part time employment."
"If you need more information about this scheme, or feel that your application has been wrongly rejected, don't hesitate to contact me on 086-1004550 or email the details to me at firstname.lastname@example.org."