Secondary Benefits

Back to school allowance

This is a payment from the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection under the Supplementary Welfare Allowance scheme, aimed at supporting families with the cost of school uniforms and footwear.

In order to be considered eligible for the payment there are a number of conditions.

  • A parent or guardian must be in receipt of a social welfare payment or certain payments for training, education or employment schemes. This may include those attending approved employment schemes, for example, Community Employment schemes or Tús, as well as recognised education or training courses
  • Children must be aged between 4 and 17 (by the 30th September) and in full-time education at a recognised school or college. Those aged between 18 and 22 must be in full time second level education.
  • Your household income must be below a certain amount for your household size.

It is a means tested payment so there are income limits that apply:

In 2020, the rate of payment was €150 per child aged 4 – 11 and for children aged 12 -22 it was €275.

The scheme operates from the 1st June to the 30th September.

More information is available at the link below:

Fuel allowance

Fuel Allowance is a payment that helps with the cost of heating your home during the colder months. It is paid to people who are dependent on long-term social welfare or Health Service Executive (HSE) payments, including one parent families and it provides some contribution to the increased cost of heating bills in the winter.

You may qualify for a fuel allowance if you are getting one of the following:

  • One-Parent Family Payment
  • Jobseeker’s Transitional Payment
  • Widow’s or Widowers’, Surviving Civil Partner(Contributory and Non-Contributory) Pension or State Pension (Contributory and Non Contributory)
  • Deserted Wife’s Benefit or Allowance
  • Basic Supplementary Welfare Allowance
  • Disability Allowance

and you are living alone or with dependent children.

For the full list of qualifying payments see

The Fuel Allowance is €28 per week and is paid for 28 weeks of the year from October to April.  The fuel allowance is paid in the same way as you receive your main payment.

The payment can also be made in two lump sum payments.

More information on applying for the allowance is available at the link below