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1. What is the Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance? How can I qualify? How much is the allowance? How do I get my payment? How do I apply? What can I do if I am unhappy with the decision on my application? Where can I get more information?

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June 2009

Qualifying conditions for our schemes change from time to time. Always check with your local Social Welfare Office or with Information Services to see if qualifying conditions have changed (see page 7 for contact details). The information in this booklet is correct at the time of going to publication.

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1. What is the Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance?
The Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance helps towards the cost of uniforms and footwear for school children. The Scheme operates from 1st June to 30th September each year. The Scheme offers help to school-going children for whom a Qualified Child Increase is payable and is run by the local office of the Health Service Executive (HSE) as part of the Supplementary Welfare Allowance (SWA) Scheme. The Allowance is not paid for foster children. Your local office of the Health Service Executive (HSE) will decide if you qualify for this payment.

2. How can I qualify?
You may qualify if you are living in the State and: • getting a Social Welfare payment (including Family Income Supplement) or a Health Service Executive (HSE) payment or • taking part in one of the following approved employment schemes or training courses and satisfy the other conditions — — — — Back to Work Allowance (Employees) (BTWA), Back to Work Enterprise Allowance (BTWEA), Short-term Enterprise Allowance, Community Employment,
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Revenue Job Assist, Community Services Programme (Grant Aided Employees), Job Initiative, Workplace, Youthreach, Back to Education Allowance, Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme (VTOS), Area Partnership Scheme, FÁS, Fáilte Ireland or LES training scheme, or Rural Social Scheme.

• getting a Qualified Child Increase with your social welfare payment. Any child who this allowance is claimed for must be resident in the state. and • your household income is within the limits in either of the tables on pages 4 and 5. Household income includes: — — — your main social welfare or Health Service Executive payment, income of any qualified children on Youthreach, and other income including earnings before tax, but excluding PRSI and reasonable travelling expenses. Couple with: 1 child 2 children 3 children 4 children Income limit €560.00 €586.00 €612.00 €638.00*

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Lone parent with: 1 child 2 children 3 children 4 children

Income limit €407.00 €433.00 €459.00 €485.00**

**Limit is increased by €26.00 for each additional child. For the purposes of this scheme, we ignore income from Rent or Mortgage Interest Supplement, Family Income Supplement, Blind Welfare Allowance, home help, Domiciliary Care Allowance and Mobility Allowance. We also ignore any income from rehabilitative employment or training - up to €120 per week. Special conditions If you were entitled to the Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance while getting a social welfare or Health Service Executive payment before starting one of the employment schemes listed on pages 3 and 4, you may still be able to get the allowance as long as your gross household income is €317.43 a week or less and you continue to satisfy the conditions of the scheme. We do not take into account income from BTWA or BTWEA for the purpose of the €317.43 weekly income limit. If you do not qualify for the allowance under these ‘special conditions’, you can apply for it in the usual way and will be subject to the income limits on pages 4 and 5 of this booklet.

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Back to Education Allowance or VTOS
If you are getting Back to Education Allowance or taking part in VTOS, you can still get Back to School Clothing and Footware Allowance, or if you now have a qualified child, apply for Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance, subject to the income limits on pages 4 and 5 of this booklet.

3. How much is the allowance?
The allowance is: — — €200 for each eligible child aged 2-11 on or before 30th September 2009. €305 for each eligible child aged 12-22 on or before 30th September 2009.

An additional allowance of €215 is payable on BSCFA Scheme in 2009 in respect of children aged 18 for whom the half rate Child Benefit is in payment.

4. How do I get my payment?
You normally get your payment by cheque.

5. How do I apply?
You should apply to the Community Welfare Officer (CWO) at your local office of the Health Service Executive.

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6. What can I do if I am unhappy with the decision on my application?
If you are unhappy with the decision on your application, write to your local office of the Health Service Executive explaining why you are not happy with the decision.

7. Where can I get more information?
For more information on the Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance, contact the Community Welfare Officer at your local office of the Health Service Executive. For information booklets, application forms and more information on social welfare services: • Log on to www.welfare.ie. • Text to 51909 (see details on Page 8). • LoCall Information Line at 1890 66 22 44 (from the Republic of Ireland only). • Drop in to your local Social Welfare Office or Citizens Information Centre. Note The rates charged for using 1890 (LoCall) numbers may vary among different service providers.

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To request forms, text the form code followed by your name and address to 51909 (from the Republic of Ireland only). Standard text rates apply. For example, if you wanted to request the Bereavement Grant form, text form bg Mary Murphy 1 New Street, Old Town, Co. Donegal. Social welfare payment or scheme Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance Bereavement Grant Carer’s Allowance Carer’s Benefit Child Benefit (Form CB1) Disability Allowance Domiciliary Care Allowance Family Income Supplement Free Travel Fuel Allowance Household Benefits Invalidity Pension Living Alone Allowance Maternity Benefit One Parent Family Payment Respite Care Grant State Pension (Non-Contributory) State Pension (Transition/Contributory) Widow(er)’s Contributory Pension Widow(er)’s Non-Contributory Pension
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Form code FORM BTSCFA FORM BG FORM CARA FORM CARB FORM CHILD FORM DA FORM DCA FORM FIS FORM TRAVEL FORM FUEL FORM HHB FORM INV FORM LAA FORM MAT FORM OPFP FORM RCG FORM SPNC FORM SPC FORM WCP FORM WNCP


								
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