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Helping hand

ABOUT 160,000 families are expected to apply for the Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance (BTSCFA). Find out if you are eligible before you start your back to school shopping.

The scheme helps towards the cost of uniforms and footwear for school children and operates from June 1 to September 30 each year. For more information, contact your local office of the Health Service Executive.

Download a back-to-school checklist and budget at www.schooldays.ie.