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Families to get extra €25 per child 16.06.19

FAMILIES in Inishowen who qualify for help to clothe their children for school will get an extra €25 per child as new budget measures kick in next month.
The Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance 2019 will be paid from the first week of July.
The new rate for each primary school pupil has risen to €150 while children and young adults aged 12 -22 years will get €275.
A family of two primary and one second level child, for example, will qualify for a total payment of €575.
Meanwhile, recipients can expect prompter payments this year following a major glitch that led to long processing delays in 2018.
The Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection has confirmed that an investigation has since been carried out into the cause of the problem.
“An internal review of the scheme administration in 2018 has been undertaken and systems and processes have been developed to ensure that applications are processed more efficiently this year. Technical issues experienced in 2018 have been resolved,” said a spokesperson.
The allowance is a nationwide scheme that provides a once-off annual payment to eligible families, including welfare recipients, to help cover the costs of school clothing and footwear.
Funding of €56.3 million has been provided for the scheme this year.
The department said it is currently processing payments. The money will automatically be paid to almost 110,000 families in respect of about 200,000 children from the week beginning July 8.
Families who do not receive notification of payment by the end of June will need to apply, even if they received the payment last year.
Application forms will be available in all Intreo Centres from June 24, via text, or email to BSCFA@welfare.ie . More details at www.welfare.ie .
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