Senator Pat Casey welcomes €100 increase on back-to-school allowance, suspension of school transport fees and an additional 60,000 school meals.
The Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance, administered by the Department of Social Protection is being increased by €100 for each eligible child under the scheme.
Consequently, the amount being paid for each qualified child aged 4 – 11 years will be €260 and the rate payable for each eligible child aged 12 and over will be €385.
It is estimated that some 151,000 families will benefit from this measure in respect of over 262,000 children. This is a one off measure for 2022 to assist families with back to school costs in the current year.
A further measure relates to the Department of Social Protection’s School Meals Programme. Currently, some 230,000 school-going children benefit from this programme. From today, an additional 310 schools, recently designated as DEIS schools in March are being invited to participate in this programme.
Fianna Fáil Senator Casey said: “I’m delighted to see this significant €100 increase in the back-to-school allowance for each eligible child.
“The back-to-school allowance is an important payment to support parents and children as they prepare for their return to school.
“In addition to this, the school meals programme will also be expanded which will see a further 60’000 children covered under the programme.”