Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Questions (461)

Jonathan O'Brien

Question:

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.