Approximately 110,000 low income families will be notified over the coming days by the Department of Social Protection that the Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance (BTSCFA) will be paid to them, along with their weekly social welfare payment, with no requirement to reapply.
The Department’s decision to allocate the money to families who have qualified previously and meet the criteria for this year has been welcomed by Carrick-on-Suir Labour Senator Denis Landy. But he is urging parents and guardians who have not previously received the BTSCFA, but who are in receipt of certain social welfare payments to complete an application form as soon as possible.
“Anyone who does not receive a BTSCFA automatically, who is in receipt of certain social welfare payments and is claiming for a child between the age of 4 and 18 years – or 22 years if in full-time education - will need to complete an application form,” he said. These forms are available in all local social welfare offices, on the Department’s website (www.welfare.ie) or by texting “Form BTSCFA” followed by your name and address to 51909. Applications can be made from Monday June 17.
“The sooner the forms are submitted the sooner the allowance will be paid,” said Senator Landy.