Back To School Allowance Increase To Be Paid Next Week

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Families qualifying for the back-to-school clothing and footwear allowance will begin to receive the increased payment for 2022/23 from next week, rather than next month.

151,000 families will benefit from this year’s €84 million scheme.

For this year children aged between four and 11 will receive an allowance of €260 rather than €160 and children aged over 11 will benefit by €385 rather than €285.

Charges for school transport are also waived this year for those that secure a seat – the school transport portal will operate as normal to process applications and any payments already made are to be refunded.

The government announced the measures to respond to the cost of living increase and the measures are not guaranteed for next year.