The back to school clothing and footwear allowance (BSCFA) entitlements of some 115,350 families in respect of 205,125 children have now been automatically established with reference to their primary scheme entitlement, with no application form required. Letters have issued to the people identified in this way, informing them of their entitlement and notifying them that payment will issue this week.
Customers who do not receive an automated payment are required to complete an application form which will be processed from a centralised unit in the Department. A text message acknowledging receipt of application forms will issue this year to everyone who submits a claim form.
An application form has been received from the person concerned and will be processed shortly. I can assure the Deputy that every effort will be made to process applications promptly.