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June 30, 2008

School Uniform Assistance Available For Eligible Families


Eligible families who are planning for the next school year should be aware of the available assistance with Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance, according to local Fianna Fail T.D. Áine Brady.

“Parents may need to spread the cost of returning to school over the summer but eligible families should be aware that assistance in purchasing uniforms and footwear is available from this month.”

“Over 190,000 primary and post-primary pupils around the country benefit from this allowance.”

“This vital allowance is to be increased by 15% from last year.”

“Those eligible can receive €200 for each child between aged between 2 and 11 years and €305 for each child aged between 12 and 22 years.”

“Parents can apply to their local HSE office for funding under the Scheme from now right until the end of September.”

“Families who are eligible include those in receipt of certain social welfare and HSE payments, those who are in receipt of Family Income Supplement or taking in part in approved employment schemes or training courses.”

“It may seem early to be planning for next year as primary schools break up for the summer, but it often suits families to spread the cost over the summer months and the Government is keen to facilitate that.”

“If parents or guardians are unsure if they qualify they should contact their Community Welfare Officer at the local HSE office for more information, check the website, or LoCall 1890 66 22 44,” concluded Deputy Brady.