Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance 2016

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 2016. If they are aged between 18 and 22 they must be 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.

Letters will issue in the week ending 10 June informing families of their entitlement and notifying them of their expected payment. This payment will be made during the week ending 15 July.

Application forms are available online (pdf) and in all social welfare offices from 10 June. You can also request a form online, via SMS (text Form BTSCFA followed by the name and address to 51909) or by emailing the Department at

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