Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance

  • The Government has confirmed today that parents, who are receiving the Pandemic Unemployment Payment, will be entitled to claim the Back To School Clothing and Footwear allowance this year.

    The Department of Social Protection is making 153 million euro available to include parents who have lost their jobs due to Covid-19 - that's up from 53 million last year.

    Mayo FG Deputy Alan Dillon says this will ensure that many more families in Mayo can benefit from the allowance this year, to help towards return to school costs.


    Applications can be made at and the closing date is the 30th September.









  • The Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance is being made available again this year.

    The Social Protection Minister Regina Doherty is issuing the reminder to families.

    The Minister is urging families who are not automatically entitled to the Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance, to apply before the end of September deadline.

     It provides a once-off payment to eligible families to help with the extra costs when children start school each autumn.

    She says she secured 56 million euro in Budget 2019 for this year's scheme, as many families can be under a lot of pressure with back to school costs.

    The benefit will automatically be paid to almost 110,000 families for around 200,000 children already registered.