The Department of Social Protection says it’s office in Letterkenny is processing over 50,000 additional claims for payment under the Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance, with half of those claims already processed, including all claims received in June.
The dedicated section on Olover Plunkett Road is processing claims which were received on 19July at present. Payment in respect of these claims will issue on a daily basis, so it is expected that the majority of customers will have their payment within five weeks of applying.
Some 74% of customers who are expected to qualify for payment of BSCFA in 2013 have now been paid and a total of €35.8million has already been paid out this year.
Last month, automatic payments were made to 115,000 families in respect of 207,000 children.
Senator Jimmy Harte has praised the staff in the Letterkenny office for the speed at which the applications are being processed.