Back to School Allowances to Benefit Kerry Families – Cllr. O’Connell

Regina Doherty, T.D. and Minister for Employment Affairs & Social Protection and
Cllr. Bobby O’Connell urging families in need to apply for the back to school allowences as soon as possible.  The Maine Valley Post

Fine Gael Councillor Bobby O’Connell has highlighted the ‘Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance’ which will be paid to qualifying families in early July.

He has also encouraged families who don’t receive an automatic payment to make an application for the allowance as soon as possible.

Minister Doherty Confirms Allowance

“The Minister for Social Protection, Regina Doherty has confirmed that the Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance will be made available again this year,” said Cllr. O’Connell.

“The allowance is a once-off payment to assist eligible families with the extra costs when children start school each autumn,” he continued.

Automatic Payment

“The majority of eligible families in Kerry will receive an automatic payment from the week beginning on July 8th which is great as it allows families sufficient time to prepare for back to school.

“These families will receive written confirmation before the end of this month informing them of their automatic entitlement.

Social Welfare Payments

“I strongly encourage families in Kerry who did not receive this letter regarding an automatic entitlement to make an application for the allowance, even if they received a payment last year.

“To qualify for the allowance, a person must be in receipt of certain social welfare payments or taking part in training, employment or adult education schemes and their income must not exceed the threshold.

Apply On-Line

“People can apply up to 30th of September on or by picking up application form from 24th of June in their local Intreo Centre – which is in Tralee.

You can also get this form by texting ‘Form BTSCFA’ followed by your name and address to 51909, or by sending an email to,” Cllr. O’Connell concluded.

Recognised School or College

The allowance paid for each eligible child aged 4-11 on or before 30 September 2019 is €150 while an allowance of €275 is paid for each eligible child aged 12-22 on or before 30 September 2019. Dependents aged between 18 and 22 years must be returning to full-time second-level education in a recognised school or college in the autumn of 2019.

‘Families Under Pressure’ – Minister Doherty

“I was very pleased to secure €56 million in Budget 2019 for this year’s scheme,” said Minister Doherty.

“Many families can be under much pressure with back to school costs and I would urge them to check their eligibility for this scheme which provides a once-off payment to assist with the costs of school clothing and footwear.

“While the benefit will be automatically paid to almost 110,000 families in respect of approximately 200,000 children already registered with us, I would recommend others to check out the scheme to see if they are eligible.

“The income limits for this payment have been adjusted to ensure that the increases in social welfare payment rates introduced by Budget 2019 do not negatively impact on people’s entitlement to the allowance,” Minister Doherty concluded.

Dedicated Phone Bank

The Department of Social Protection is also providing a dedicated phone bank that will be open to answer enquiries from Monday 24 June during business hours 9.00am to 5.00pm.

Anyone wishing to make enquiries about this scheme can contact LoCall 1890 66 22 44.

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