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.