Register by today (30 June) to qualify for the Water Conservation Grant

You need to register with Irish Water by today (30 June) to qualify for the new Water Conservation Grant.

Every household that registers with Irish Water by 30 June 2015 will be eligible for the annual Water Conservation Grant, even if the household has its own private water supply and wastewater services.

This grant will be paid by the Department of Social Protection (DSP) from September 2015. It is available to all home occupiers including people who are renting. You can use it as you choose, for example, as a contribution towards your water bills, installing a conservation system, maintaining your well or de-sludging your septic tank.

The Department of Social Protection will write to households that are registered with Irish Water in July 2015 outlining the application process.

Read more on watergrant.ie.

Water Conservation Grant

You need to register with Irish Water by 30 June to qualify for the new Water Conservation Grant.

Every household that registers with Irish Water by 30 June 2015 will be eligible for the annual Water Conservation Grant, even if the household has its own private water supply and wastewater services.

This grant will be paid by the Department of Social Protection (DSP) from September 2015. It is available to all home occupiers including people who are renting. You can use it as you choose, for example, as a contribution towards your water bills, installing a conservation system, maintaining your well or de-sludging your septic tank.

The Department of Social Protection will write to households that are registered with Irish Water in July 2015 outlining the application process.

Read more on watergrant.ie.

Registration is now open for GP visit cards for children under 6

The new scheme of GP visit cards for children aged under 6 is now open for registration.

If your child or children have a medical card or GP visit card they will automatically be registered for this new scheme.

If your child or children does not have a medical card or GP visit card you must register them for this new scheme. You will need the child’s PPS number to register.

You can apply online or you can fill in a registration form. The service is expected to be available from July.

Visit hse.ie to find out more and to download a registration form. 

Think before you flush campaign

Think Before You Flush is a public awareness campaign about the problem sanitary products and other items can cause in our marine environment and our wastewater systems if they are flushed down the toilet. The campaign is operated by An Taisce’s Clean Coasts programme and is supported by Irish Water. The Think Before You Flush campaign invites you to make small changes in your bathroom behaviour like never using the toilet to dispose of sanitary products.

Visit thinkbeforeyouflush.org to find out more. 

Exam helpline

You can get information on the Junior and Leaving Certificate examinations, including regular updates throughout the exam period from the website of the State Examinations Commission examinations.ie. The phone number for all enquiries is 090 6442700.

From 3-19 June 2015 staff members are available to deal with queries from 8.30am to 9.00pm on examination days and from 9.30am to 1.00pm at weekends.

Outside of these hours you can use the main number 090 6442700 and a brief message can be left with the security staff.

Adult literacy supports

If you or any member of your family have considered returning to education to improve reading, writing and numeracy or computer skills there are lots of supports to help you.

You can study online by yourself, work with a tutor on the phone or learn in your local ETB adult education centre. Or you can do a combination of these three to suit your lifestyle. The NALA (the National Adult Literacy Agency) website gives information on all these services and  contact details for all adult literacy services in Ireland.

You can call the national Freephone number 1800 34 55 55 or contact your local Adult Learning Service in your nearest Education and Training Board (ETB).

The writeon.ie website can help you learn new skills. You can improve your reading, writing or maths skills or learn about communications and digital media technology. You can work towards a national qualification in a range of subjects. You need to register to use the site but all the courses are free.

Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance 2015

The Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance helps you with the cost of clothing and other expenses for children in school. To qualify you must be getting certain social welfare payments and your child/ren must be aged between 4 and 17 on or before 30 September 2015 (or aged between 18 and 22 on or before 30 September if in second-level education).

Many people will get an automatic payment from the Department of Social Protection. You will be informed by letter if you qualify for an automatic payment. If you do not get an automatic payment you must apply for the Allowance. If any of your children are aged between 18 and 22 you must apply for the Allowance for them and supply evidence that they are in second-level education (even if automatic payments have issued for other children in the family). Application forms will be available later in June.

Read more about the scheme on citizensinformation.ie.