Hi I was wondering does anyone know what is the situation with this payment. I rang my local health board to get the form sent out to me and they informed me that they are no longer dealing with it and they don't know who is dealing with it now, that is all the information they have. They said there should be a statement soon and to keep an eye out for statements in media!!
hi OP did you get it last year? if you did they will eventually send you out an application form for this year. if you dont want to wait till then (and i wouldnt) keep an eye on your local paper as a notice will appear telling you where to get the form and where to send it. Beware, the CWOs are not processing BSCFA anymore. The form will be downloadable soon on www.welfare.ie. Beware dont pay any attention to www.hse.ie the form downloadable there is last years, as are the PO Box details:(your right to enquire about it now. it has been a long-winded affair for the last two years since the CWOs stopped dealing with it.
Never heard of them sending out forms! Thought it was a case of whoever asks... You have to beg and scrap for everything. I went into the cwo today and she also said they are not dealing with it this year and just to keep an eye out on the national papers. She said it will still be available but through another source.... Hopefully we will all get it on time for the school year this year!
Joan Burton, TD, Minister for Social Protection today (31st May, 2011 ) said that approximately 160,000 families are expected to benefit from the Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance (BSCFA) over the summer months.
“This Scheme, which is administered by the Department of Social Protection, assists eligible categories of people help meet the cost of school clothing and footwear. The Allowance is paid in respect of eligible children between the ages of 2 and 17 years of age and between the ages of 18 and 22, if in full time education”, said the Minister.
The payment rates for the 2011 Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance scheme are €200 in respect of children aged 2 to 11 on 30 September 2011 and €305 for children aged 12 to 22 on 30th September 2011.
Minister Burton continued: “€82 million has been made available by Government this year for the Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance scheme. This level of support, which exceeds the €77.4million spent on the Scheme last year, shows the Government’s commitment to assisting families who are under pressure financially; in particular recognising that the start of a school year can be a very pressurised time on household budgets.”
The administrative arrangements for the 2011 Scheme will differ from those that applied in previous years. For this year, the majority of Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance entitlements will be fully automated with no application form required from customers. These customers will simply receive a letter from the Department of Social Protection in mid-June telling them when and how their payment will be made.
A customer who does not receive an automated payment will be required to complete an application form which will become available from 30th June 2011. These applications will then be processed from one centralised unit within the Department of Social Protection.
Minister Burton said that the administrative arrangements for the 2011 Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance scheme are an example of the efficiencies that can be achieved through the greater use of technology and she acknowledged the role of the staff in the Department of Social Protection in bringing about these efficiencies. The Minister also acknowledged the excellent work of the Community Welfare Service in administering the scheme in previous years under difficult circumstances.
It is expected that in excess of 80% of customers entitled to the Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance in 2011 will automatically receive the Allowance, with payments to these customers issuing from the end of June 2011.
Notes for Editors
Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance 2011
Income limit for Couple
Couple with: Income limit
€653.00 (*See Note )
Income limit for Lone Parent
Lone Parent with: Income limit
€499.50 (*See Note )
Limit is increased by €29.80 for each additional child.
Rates of Payment
The rates of payment are:
(a) €200 in respect of children ages 2 to 11 on 30th September 2011;
(b) €305 in respect of children ages 12 to 22 on the 30th September 2011.
fantastic news, thanks for posting Rebbeca_30
@ Faw1tytowers, They posted it out to me after I called up the health centre last year..
@ Rebecca, Thanks for that information,
excellent news great post thanks
has anyone recieved a letter yet i wouldnt say they will be in a rush
It says on the above link the letters will be received in mid June so might be a small bit too early just yet.
If you don't receive a letter the form will be available online from 30th June 2011.
ive had a read of citizens information and the welfare site about this and i take it that this isnt means tested,ie your mortgage utilities loans etc arent taken into account??just need it spelled out for me so im sure!
You must be in receipt of certain payments to receive it - these payments are listed here:
http://www.welfare.ie/EN/OperationalGuidelines/Pages/swa_bts.aspx#annex. If you are receiving any one of these payments you must be receiving an increase for your child on it.
Your total household income must be below a certain amount for your family size. your total household income must be less than the amounts set out in the table below.
Your total household income includes your main social welfare or Health Service Executive payment, the income of any dependent children on the Youthreach Programme and any other income you may have including wages (before tax, but excluding PRSI and a standard travel allowance of up to €20 per week), maintenance, savings and investments.
The income limits can be found on www.welfare.ie
Has anyone recieved a letter yet, It's nearly the end of June and I know I will by eligable to get it as I got it last year and nothings changed. I am getting worried now because I haven't heard from them yet. It would make me feel a lot better to know that other people who should get it also haven't recieved their letters either then I would know I haven't just slipped out of their system!
same here as they said middle of june thought letters be out by now
no i didnt get my letter yet either. hope it comes this week