Local Fine Gael TD Frank Feighan has been informed by Social Protection Minister, Joan Burton, that payment applications from customers who did not receive an automated payment in respect of Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance (BSCFA) are now being processed from a centralised unit in the Department’s office in Letterkenny.
“Minister Burton has informed that the BSCFA section is processing claims which were received on July 19th 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.
“BSCFA payments of some 115,350 families in respect of 207,000 children issued in the week commencing, July 15th, with no application form required.
“Some 50,000 additional applications have been received and an acknowledgement has been issued by text to the 94% of customers who requested one. 25,000 manual claims have been processed to date, including all claims received in June.
“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 in respect of this scheme for 2013.
“The closing date for the scheme is September 30th 2012 and applications will not be accepted after this date. BSCFA forms are available from Local Offices, via SMS (text “Form BTSCFA” followed by your name and address to 51909) and on www.welfare.ie. A helpline is operational to deal with queries on the scheme. The local number is 1890662244,” concluded Deputy Feighan.