The allowance is worth between €150 and €275 per child.

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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