There are social welfare payments you may be entitled to ahead of school return

There are social welfare payments you may be entitled to ahead of school return

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The back to school season is almost upon us, and as any parent or guardian knows, it can be very expensive.

Along with the rising cost of living in Ireland, many households will be feeling the strain as it comes time to buy all the necessary items for their children’s return to education after the summer holidays.

However, there are some social welfare benefits you may not be aware of that can help take the pressure off at this difficult time of the year.

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Here’s four social welfare payments you may not know about but could be eligible for.

Working Family Payment

Working Family Payment (WFP) is a weekly tax-free payment for employees with children. It supports people who are on low pay.

You must have at least one child who normally lives with you or whom you support financially. Your child must be under 18 (or between 18 and 22 if they are in full-time day education).

The Department of Social Protection will assess your household income in a means test to determine if you’re eligible and if so, how much you’re entitled to. You can check it out here.

One Parent Family Payment

The One-Parent Family Payment (OFP) is a payment for men and women under 66 who are bringing up children without the support of a partner.

To get OFP you must have at least one child under seven years old.

You can work and get OFP. However, to get OFP your income must be below a certain amount. Read more about it here.

Back To School Allowance

Back to school clothing and footwear allowance is a payment aimed at helping families with the costs associated with children returning to school. People will now receive a different payment from previous years, with the payment now including:

Applications are still open until the 30th of September – apply here.

Back to Work Family Dividend

The Back to Work Family Dividend (BTWFD) scheme aims to help families to move from social welfare into employment. It gives financial support to people with qualified children who are in or take up employment or self-employment and as a result stop claiming a jobseeker’s payment or a one-parent family payment.

If you qualify for the scheme you will get a weekly payment for up to 2 years. Check it out here.

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