Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Questions (461)

Jonathan O'Brien


461. Deputy Jonathan O'Brien asked the Minister for Social Protection the number of families and children who will receive the back to school clothing and footwear allowance automatically in 2013; the amount of money her Department has allocated for this scheme; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [31999/13]

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Written answers (Question to Social)

The back to school clothing and footwear allowance scheme provides a one-off payment to eligible families to assist with the extra costs when children start school each autumn. The Government has provided €48.8m for the scheme in 2013.

This year, approximately 117,000 eligible families will receive an automatic payment in respect of 211,000 children with no application form required.