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  • 12-10-2010 2:11pm
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    Closed Accounts Posts: 101 ✭✭


    Just a query

    I was under the impression that once approved for BTEA (which I have, and commenced receiving it 2 weeks ago) under this scheme is there not a grant of 500 euro?

    I was told that those approved would get it in October?

    Thanks in advance for any info :)


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  • Registered Users Posts: 936 ✭✭✭Fentdog84


    I'm still waiting aswell, I was under the impression that it gets paid to you're account sometime in October but no sign of it yet. I'm going to give it another week or two then I'm going down to the welfare office to find out whats the story. I need to buy books for my course. I wouldnt hold my breath on it & with the Govt facing bankruptcy, all things like this are under review...


  • Registered Users Posts: 277 ✭✭zeds alive


    I'm still waiting and got approved 5 weeks ago :(


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,168 ✭✭✭Balagan


    They say this week or next. Last year it came through on 15th Oct.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 101 ✭✭Generation Terrorist


    It's not this week because if it's true that it gets paid into your post office along with your regular payment, I was in my local post office earlier and they said there was my normal 196 there for me on thursday :(


  • Registered Users Posts: 277 ✭✭zeds alive


    It's not this week because if it's true that it gets paid into your post office along with your regular payment, I was in my local post office earlier and they said there was my normal 196 there for me on thursday :(
    Mine not there this week also :(
    Did you not get them to pay the money direct to your bank instead of picking it up in the post office? Initially i got it in the post office but got it switched to the bank as getting to pick it up with the amount of lectures/classes I have was nearly impossible.


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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 101 ✭✭Generation Terrorist


    zeds alive wrote: »
    Mine not there this week also :(
    Did you not get them to pay the money direct to your bank instead of picking it up in the post office? Initially i got it in the post office but got it switched to the bank as getting to pick it up with the amount of lectures/classes I have was nearly impossible.

    I didn't get a choice to be honest - I just got a letter saying I had been approived for BTEA. No mention of post offices/banks/500 quid grants

    C*nts the lot of em


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 101 ✭✭Generation Terrorist


    I've already had to borrow nearly 170 quid for books

    C*nts better hurry up and get it lodged next week


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 318 ✭✭uoluol


    I've already had to borrow nearly 170 quid for books

    C*nts better hurry up and get it lodged next week

    The reason why the Book Allowance can't be paid any sooner is that a certain percentage of people sign up for BTEA, and as soon as they get the book allowance either switch to a VTOS place or drop out of college. Unfortunately this means that the genuine people have to wait until all VTOS places are allocated before the BTEA allowance can be paid.

    By the way your language is disgusting and un necessary.


  • Registered Users Posts: 12,811 ✭✭✭✭billy the squid


    I've already had to borrow nearly 170 quid for books

    C*nts better hurry up and get it lodged next week

    That kind of language is unnecessary


  • Registered Users Posts: 106 ✭✭Smarmy


    I was told because of the amount of people who, in previous years, dropped out as soon as they got the 500, it wont be paid until November. I don't see why they dont make them pay back the 500 out of their next job seekers claim or other SW claim, even if its a tenner a week or something. Typical Irish goverment just letting them away with it while the rest of us honest people have to go in debt to buy our books and supplies. Ive had to borrow around 350 already.


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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 318 ✭✭uoluol


    Smarmy wrote: »
    I don't see why they dont make them pay back the 500 out of their next job seekers claim or other SW claim, even if its a tenner a week or something. Typical Irish goverment just letting them away with it while the rest of us honest people have to go in debt to buy our books and supplies. Ive had to borrow around 350 already.

    You are mistaken. Nobody gets away with stealing €500. They are assessed with an overpayment and are made pay it back, it's either deducted from their weekly welfare payment or requested in full. But because of this fraud, it diverts precious time and resources away from working on the mountains of backlog. Don't be angry with Social Protection, be angry with the morans who think it's okay to steal.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 101 ✭✭Generation Terrorist


    uoluol wrote: »

    By the way your language is disgusting and un necessary.

    F*ck off


  • Registered Users Posts: 106 ✭✭Smarmy


    uoluol wrote: »
    You are mistaken. Nobody gets away with stealing €500. They are assessed with an overpayment and are made pay it back, it's either deducted from their weekly welfare payment or requested in full. But because of this fraud, it diverts precious time and resources away from working on the mountains of backlog. Don't be angry with Social Protection, be angry with the morans who think it's okay to steal.

    Well if they do make them pay it back then fair play and I take it back. And I am angry at these morons because there are many of us who genuinely do want an education and do need the book allowance


  • Registered Users Posts: 33,518 ✭✭✭✭dudara


    Generation Terrorist banned for 7 days for language and poor behaviour to other users.

    dudara


  • Registered Users Posts: 117 ✭✭Limousine Fred


    Anyone get the allowance yet? Checked again this week no joy!!


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 318 ✭✭uoluol


    As far as I am aware, all the VTOS places have been confirmed and filled, so book allowance payments should be currently be processing. Most payments for third level courses have already been paid, so once these have been fully completed, the payments for the FETAC level 4 and level 5 second level courses are made.

    If you are able to, you could drop into your local social protection office, and enquire. There are massive increases in numbers on BTEA this year, and if you call in person, your claim could be pulled from the pile and your payment processed.


  • Registered Users Posts: 117 ✭✭Limousine Fred


    Cheers!!


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 6,595 ✭✭✭The Lovely Muffin


    I phoned my local SW office today and was told my grant will be paid into my b/a next week.


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,359 ✭✭✭DubDJ


    Im in a 3rd level course myself and still havent been paid either. And I was told October and either last Thurs or this one at the latest. But as usual they got it wrong and still havent been paid. Its kind of a pain too as I need it asap for books. Six weeks needing them and haven't been given the money :(
    Anybody got an idea of how it's paid? I'm getting paid directly into the bank and not sure if i'll get it that way or by cheque?


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 6,595 ✭✭✭The Lovely Muffin


    DubDJ wrote: »
    Im in a 3rd level course myself and still havent been paid either. And I was told October and either last Thurs or this one at the latest. But as usual they got it wrong and still havent been paid. Its kind of a pain too as I need it asap for books. Six weeks needing them and haven't been given the money :(
    Anybody got an idea of how it's paid? I'm getting paid directly into the bank and not sure if i'll get it that way or by cheque?
    I get the weekly payment's paid into my bank account and was told my grant would be paid into my bank account.

    I don't know if it is the same for everyone though, sorry.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 5,359 ✭✭✭DubDJ


    I get the weekly payment's paid into my bank account and was told my grant would be paid into my bank account.

    I don't know if it is the same for everyone though, sorry.

    Thanks for the info. Are you in the Kings street office or a different one?


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 6,595 ✭✭✭The Lovely Muffin


    DubDJ wrote: »
    Thanks for the info. Are you in the Kings street office or a different one?
    No problem, no I am in the Mullingar office.

    I phoned them and they told me, so maybe you could phone your local office (if it is possible) and they might be able to tell you?


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,359 ✭✭✭DubDJ


    No problem, no I am in the Mullingar office.

    I phoned them and they told me, so maybe you could phone your local office (if it is possible) and they might be able to tell you?

    Thanks for the help man. Na unfortunately my office is, lets just say, less than productive when it comes to giving ou answers to problems your having. Haha. Thanks for the advice all the same.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 17 726courtown


    Just checking that you have all sent in your letters of attendance from your depts. This is how they know you are attending college. They are not very clear on this matter at the start. I thought my proof of registration was all I needed to send in but they also wanted a letter from dept (Business) I was studying under.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 6,595 ✭✭✭The Lovely Muffin


    DubDJ wrote: »
    Thanks for the help man. Na unfortunately my office is, lets just say, less than productive when it comes to giving ou answers to problems your having. Haha. Thanks for the advice all the same.
    No worries, hope you get sorted soon.

    It is a nightmare trying to deal with them.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 2 The Procrastinator


    Um has there been any updates on the book allowance for €500?:confused:


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,359 ✭✭✭DubDJ


    Um has there been any updates on the book allowance for €500?:confused:

    Most have been paid it but still a few waiting. Try calling your local SW office and asking about it, sometimes they can put your application at the top of the pile.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 2 The Procrastinator


    Sounds cool!!!:) Thanks Dub, you rock!!!:)


  • Registered Users Posts: 132 ✭✭DConway


    anyone else not get this yet? Im still waiting! I was on the phone to Kings Inn st 3 weeks ago and they said 7-10 days, I rang them again last week and they said I should get it this week. Just seeing if anyone else is getting this?
    I think they are trying to hold off until the budget when it may be chopped?


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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 1,034 ✭✭✭Resi12


    Still waiting, I have been on this for weeks now. What a complete joke and then I go to ring my local office and the phone rings out, morons. I hope I get it tomorrow.


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