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€67 million in back to school costs package

back to school - To help struggling families with back-to-school costs anyone who has applied for and receives a school transport ticket for 2022/23 will not be charged a fee for their school bus ticket this year.

The Government has announced a suite of measures designed to help families with school-going children returning to school in September

– To help struggling families with costs anyone who has applied for and receives a school transport ticket for 2022/23 will not be charged a fee for their school bus ticket this year. This will provide families with savings of up to €500 on the cost of tickets.

– Over 300 additional DEIS schools to benefit from the school meals programme.

– €100 euro extra on back to school allowance.

– An additional €50 million to be made available for Social Welfare Measures

– Additional €17 million for Education Measures

Department of Social Protection:

The Clothing and Footwear Allowance, administered by the Department of Social Protection is being increased by €100 for each eligible child under the scheme.  Consequently, the amount being paid for each qualified child aged 4–11 years will be €260 and the rate payable for each eligible child aged 12 and over will be €385. It is estimated that some 151,000 families will benefit from this measure in respect of over 262,000 children.  This is a one off measure for 2022 to assist families with back to school costs in the current year.

A further measure relates to the Department of Social Protection’s School Meals Programme.  Currently, some 230,000 school-going children benefit from this programme.  From today, an additional 310 schools, recently designated as DEIS schools in March are being invited to participate in this programme. 

An additional €50 million in total will be made available to provide for these measures.

Department of Education:

The Minister for Education has announced that students availing of the school transport scheme will not be charged fees for the academic year 2022/23. This is a temporary measure for the current year only.

Additional support with back to school costs. €100 extra for each eligible child No fee for school transport tickets for 22/23 school year. Further details pls contact me.

Posted by Robert Troy TD on Tuesday, July 5, 2022

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If I can be of any assistance to you in any of the above, please do not hesitate to contact me or my office team.

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