Parents urged to make Back to School allowance applications

The deadline for applications for the Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance, closes on Monday, September 30.

The deadline for applications for the Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance, closes on Monday, September 30.

Local Fianna Fail Cllr Siobhan Ambrose is reminding families to be sure to get applications in on time.

The allowance, which is means tested, helps families with the cost of school uniforms and footwear for children and young people aged between four and 22.

“The eligibility criteria has also changed this year. If you received the allowance in 2012 and your circumstances haven’t changed then you will be automatically entitled to the allowance this year. New applications have to be submitted by next Monday and I would urge families across the county to ensure that their applications are in as early as possible,” said Cllr Ambrose.

“The allowance can be worth up to €200 and it is a valuable payment for hundreds of families throughout Tipperary. The Government had to automatically process the Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance because of the massive delays for families in receiving social welfare payments and appealing decisions,” she said.

“One of the many unfair and anti-family measures introduced in last year’s deeply unfair budget was a €50 cut to the allowance. This year many low-income families in Tipperary will be hit by the €50 cut per child, while the latest inflation figures show a 5% increase in education costs over the past year.

“As hundreds of more struggling families fall beneath the poverty line it is vital that parents in Tipperary entitled to this allowance, apply before next week.”