Tuesday, 20 October 2020

Questions (427)

Kathleen Funchion

Question:

427. Deputy Kathleen Funchion asked the Minister for Social Protection if a person (details supplied) can apply for back payment of the back to school clothing and footwear allowance. [31633/20]

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Written answers (Question to Social)

The back to school clothing and footwear allowance is a means-tested once-off payment aimed at helping families with the extra costs when children start school each autumn.

To qualify for the back to school clothing and footwear allowance payment in 2020, the following conditions must apply:

- The applicant must be in receipt of a qualifying payment between 1 June 2020 and 30 September 2020 and getting an increase in that payment for each child for whom the allowance is being claimed,

- each child being claimed for must be aged between 4 and 17 on or before 30 September 2020 or

- aged between 18 and 22 on or before 30 September 2020, and returning to second-level education in the autumn of 2020,

- the assessable income for the household must be within a set income limit, and

- both the applicant and each child must be resident in the state.

The department has not received a 2020 back to school clothing and footwear allowance application on behalf of the person in question. The closing date for 2020 back to school clothing and footwear allowance application was 30th September 2020. As this date has now passed, it is not possible to award back to school clothing and footwear allowance for the person concerned.

I trust this clarifies the matter for you.