GOVERNMENT HELP WITH BACK TO SCHOOL COSTS FOR FAMILIES ON LOW INCOMES.
The Department of Social and Family Affairs administers The Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance - SW 75.
This Allowance provides low income families with welcome financial assistance in getting their children ready for the new school year.
Below is a brief guide to the Allowance outlining how low income families can qualify for the payment.
WHAT IS THE BACK TO SCHOOL CLOTHING AND FOOTWEAR ALLOWANCE?
The Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance - SW 75 helps towards the cost of uniforms and footwear for school children.
The Scheme operates from June 1 to September 30 each year.
This Scheme offers help to school-going children for whom a child dependant 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 in respect of foster children.
Your local office of the Health Service Executive (HSE) will decide if you qualify for this payment.
HOW CAN I QUALIFY?
You may qualify if you are:
Getting a Social Welfare payment (including Family Income Supplement) or a Health Service Executive (HSE) payment
Taking part in one of the following approved employment schemes or training courses and satisfy the following conditions:
Back to Work Allowance (Employees),
Back to Work Enterprise Allowance,
Revenue Job Assist,
Social Economy Programme (Grant Aided Employees),
Back to Education Allowance,
Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme (VTOS),
Area Partnership Scheme.
getting a Qualified Child Increase with your social welfare payment.
your household income is within the limits in either of the tables below.
HOUSEHOLD INCOME INCLUDES:
your main social welfare or Health Service Executive payment,
income of any dependent children on Youthreach,
other income including earnings before tax, but excluding PRSI and reasonable travelling expenses.
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 EUR120 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 above, you may still be able to get the allowance as long as your gross household income is EUR317.43 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 EUR317.43 weekly income limit.
If you were not getting the allowance before but you now have a qualified child, you can apply for the allowance if your gross weekly household income is EUR317.43, or less.
If you do not qualify for the allowance under the conditions outlined above, you can apply for it in the usual way and will be subject to the income limits see above for details.
Back to Education Allowance or VTOS
If you are getting Back to Education Allowance or taking part in VTOS, you can still get BSCFA, or if you now have a qualified child, apply for Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance, subject to the income limits details above.
HOW MUCH IS THE ALLOWANCE?
The allowance is:
EUR120 for each eligible child aged 2-11 on or before September 30, 2006
EUR190 for each eligible child aged 12-22 on or before 30th September 2006
HOW DO I GET MY PAYMENT?
You normally get your payment by cheque.
HOW DO I APPLY?
You should apply to the Community Welfare Officer (CWO) at your local office of the Health Service Executive.
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.
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. You can also get information on Social Welfare Services on the Internet at www.welfare.ie.
INCOME LIMITS FOR ALLOWANCE
1 child, income limit EUR441.40
2 children, EUR460.70'
3 children, EUR480.00'
4 children, EUR499.30*
*Limit is increased by EUR19.30 for each additional child.
LONE PARENT WITH:
1 child, income limit EUR314.90
2 children, EUR336.50'
3 children, EUR358.10'
4 children, EUR379.70**
**Limit is increased by EUR21.60 for each additional child
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|Publication:||The Mirror (London, England)|
|Date:||Aug 9, 2006|
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