Back To School Allowance

Title: Back To School Allowance

Author: Ireland, Dept. Of Social Protection

Full Text & Source:http://www.welfare.ie/en/Pages/Back-to-School-Clothing-and-Footwear-Allowance.aspx

The Internet, Online, 10/3/2015

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Changes in 2014

In 2014 the Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance is no longer paid to children aged 18 and over who are in third-level education. It is paid for those aged 18-22 who are in second-level education only, not in third-level education.

You may qualify for the Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance if you are:

  • Getting a social welfare payment (including Family Income Supplement) or a Health Service Executive payment, or
  • Taking part in an approved employment scheme (back to work scheme) including JobBridge or
  • Taking part in a recognised education or training course, or
  • Involved in an Area Partnership Scheme, or
  • Attending a SOLAS, Fáilte Ireland or LES training scheme

Your child must be aged between 4-17 on or before 30 September 2014. If they are aged between 18-22 they must be in full-time second-level education in a recognised school or college.

Income limits

To qualify for the Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance, your total household income must be less than the amounts set out in the table below. All your dependent children are taken into account for the income limits (including children who do not qualify for BTSCFA, because they are under 4).

Your total household income includes your main social welfare or Health Service Executive payment, the income of any dependent children on the Youthreach Programme and any other income you may have including wages (before tax, but excluding PRSI and a standard travel allowance of up to €20 per week), maintenance, savings and investments.

Savings and investments (including property, but not your home) are assessed as follows:

 
Capital Weekly means assessed
First €5,000 not taken into account
Next €10,000 €1 per €1,000
Next €25,000 €2 per €1,000
Balance €4 per €1,000

Note: Any income you get from Rent Supplement or Mortgage Interest Supplement, Family Income Supplement, Blind Welfare Allowance, Rehabilitation Training Allowance, rehabilitative employment (up to €120 per week), Domiciliary Care Allowance, Mobility Allowance and the Student Grant Scheme is not counted.

Income limits for couples 2014

Couple Income limit
1 child €563.60
2 children €593.40
3 children €623.20
4 children €653*

*The income limit is increased by €29.80 for each additional dependent child.

Income limits for lone parents 2014

Lone parent Income limit
1 child €410.10
2 children €439.90
3 children €469.70
4 children €499.50*

*The income limit is increased by €29.80 for each additional dependent child.

Where to apply

Completed application forms with supporting documentation should be returned to:

 

 

Department of Social Protection

PO Box 131
Letterkenny
Co. Donegal

Locall:1890 66 22 44

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