The allowance is worth between €150 and €275 per child.
Parents who are receiving the Pandemic Unemployment Payment will be entitled to claim the Back To School Clothing and Footwear Allowance.
The Department of Social Protection is making €153 million available to include parents who have lost their jobs due to Covid-19. That number is up from €53 million last year.
The allowance is worth €150 euro for a child aged between 4 to 11, and €275 euro for 12 to 22-year-olds.
Minister for Social Protection Heather Humphreys says people need to get their applications in as soon as possible:
“There are thousands of people on that payment that never received it before so I want them to know that they are entitled to claim for it”.
Parents can make an application for the allowance through mywelfare.ie.