The administrative arrangements for the 2013 scheme are similar to the arrangements that applied in 2012.
For the 2013 scheme most payments will issue automatically to customers with no need to complete an application form.
These customers will receive a letter from the Department in early June telling them when and how their payment will be made.
It is expected that over 80% of customers entitled to the allowance in 2012 will automatically receive the allowance in 2013.
Payments to these customers will issue from 15 July 2013.
All other customers will have to apply for the payment and the following rules and qualifying conditions will apply.
You may qualify if you (and the qualifying child(ren)) are living in the State and:
- taking part in one of the following approved employment schemes or training courses and satisfy the other conditions,
- Back to Work Allowance (Employees) (BTWEA),
- Back to Work Enterprise Allowance (BTWEA),
- Short-term Enterprise Allowance,
- Community Employment,
- Revenue Job Assist,
- Community Services Programme (Grant Aided Employees),
- Job Initiative,
- Back to Education Allowance,
- Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme (VTOS),
- Area Partnership Scheme,
- FÁS, Fáilte Ireland or LES training Scheme,
- Rural Social Scheme, or
- getting a Qualified Child Increase with your social welfare payment. Any child whom this allowance is claimed must be resident in the state,
- your household income is within the limits shown in either of the tables below. Household income includes:
- your main social welfare or HSE payment,
- income of any qualified children on Youthreach, and
- other income including earnings before tax, but excluding PRSI and travelling expenses of €20.00 a week.
The Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance is paid to parents whose weekly income is at or below the following amount:
Income limit for Couple
Income limit for Lone Parent
|Lone Parent with:
Limit is increased by €29.80 for each additional child.
For the purpose of this scheme, we ignore income from Rent or Mortgage Interest Supplement, Family Income Supplement, Blind Welfare Allowance, Domiciliary Care Allowance and Mobility Allowance. We also ignore any income from rehabilitative employment or training - up to €120 per week.
If you were entitled to the Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance while getting a social welfare or HSE 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 €317.43 a week or less and you continue to satisfy the conditions of the scheme. We do not take into account income from Back to Work (Employees) Allowance or Back to Work Enterprise Allowance 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 above.