4,717 Families in Tipperary to Receive Payments As Part Of Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance

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Minister for Social Protection, Heather Humphreys has today announced a Back-to-School Clothing and Footwear allowance that will benefit over 126,000 families across the country. Out of the 126,000 families receiving funding countrywide, 4,717 families in Tipperary will be given an allowance for school clothing and footwear as part of this scheme.  

This payment is designed to provide support to eligible families with the cost of school uniforms and shoes. As part of the funding €160 will be supplied to families with children aged 4 – 11 and €285 will be paid to those with children aged 12 and over in second level education.  

Speaking about the Back-to-School payments Helen Humphreys said:
I am delighted to announce that the Back-to-School Clothing and Footwear Allowance payments for 2024 commence from today. 

“This scheme is so important in terms of supporting parents in meeting their back-to-school costs over the coming weeks. 

“This week, my Department will issue automatic payments to over 126,000 families in respect of over 223,000 children.”  

Applications for the allowance will remain open until September 30th. All decisions on applications for the allowance will be processed manually and payments will be given to eligible applicants once their applications have been processed.  

Minister Humphreys added:  

“The costs associated with children both starting and returning to school can put a lot of financial pressure on families throughout the country. 

“The Back-to-School Clothing and Footwear Allowance provides valuable support to families to assist with these costs and I would urge anybody who has not yet applied to check their eligibility for the scheme. 

“The support that we are providing today is on top of a number of measures that we have introduced in order to support families across the country with the cost of living. 

“These include a major roll-out of the Hot School Meals Programme and the delivering of the Free School Books Scheme. 

“These supports are in addition to the double Child Benefit Payment and increases to the Working Family Payment threshold – which have benefitted tens of thousands of working families. 

“As Minister, I will continue to support working families, who will form a big focus of our Budget negotiations that will take place over the next number of weeks.” 



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