Top Tips on the Clothing and Footwear Allowance

The school holidays are only just starting so it seems early to be talking about going back again when children are all excited about being free. However, the Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance (BTSCFA) is now being distributed by the Department of Social Protection.

  • Families who have received a letter by 21st June will be paid automatically.If you think you might be entitled to the BTSCFA and did not receive a letter or are a new applicant, you may be unsure of how to receive this allowance. Citizens Information Centres (CICs) in Limerick can help explain whether you are eligible for BTSCFA and how to apply for it.
  • The Back to School Clothing & Footwear Allowance helps meet cost of uniforms & footwear for children going to school. It is paid automatically to many families on the week beginning 12 Jul 2021.
  • To qualify for BTSCFA it depends on: any payments you receive from the State; age of your child on 30 September; your household income
  • Limerick Citizens Information are available from Monday to Friday. While theor drop in service is not currently available due to COVID-19, they are assisting people through phone and email and limited face to face appointments. Contact them at 0761 07 5780,, or visit their website,