Written Questions Nos. 91-94

Residential Institutions Issues

Willie O'Dea

Question:

91. Deputy Willie O'Dea asked the Minister for Education and Skills if applicants for the student grant scheme who have been recipients of compensation relating to time spent in industrial schools, that was not awarded through the forum of the Redress Board, will have these compensation payments exempted from means testing; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21705/13]

For the purposes of the Student Grant Scheme, compensation for a personal injury is an "income disregard" and is not included in calculating reckonable income.

The list of payments, known for the purposes of the Student Grant Scheme 2012 as "income disregards" does not extend to compensation relating to time spent in industrial schools.

The Deputy will appreciate that any decision in relation to changes to the Student Grant Scheme including changes in payments to be included as "income disregards"will need to be considered in the context of availability of resources.

Teaching Qualifications

Mary Mitchell O'Connor

Question:

92. Deputy Mary Mitchell O'Connor asked the Minister for Education and Skills the reason a person (details supplied) is receiving the unqualified teachers rate of pay when they qualified in June 2012; when will they be receipt of the qualified rate; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21725/13]

An official from the Primary Teacher Payroll Section of my Department has been in contact with the person concerned regarding the issues raised by the Deputy and outlined the current position.

School Accommodation

Michael McGrath

Question:

93. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will confirm the intended temporary location for a planned new primary school (details supplied) in County Cork; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21731/13]

Subject to planning permission. the intended temporary location for the proposed new primary school referred to by the Deputy is Garryduff Sports Grounds, Rochestown, Cork.

Student Grant Scheme Delays

Seán Fleming

Question:

94. Deputy Sean Fleming asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number of grant applications to Student Universal Support Ireland that have not been finalised and the full payment made; the number of applications that are still being processed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21754/13]

I understand from Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) that, as at close of business on 5 May 2013, it has received 69, 612 student grant applications. Of these 67,352 have been processed to completion. At total of 328 applications are currently with SUSI for processing. Some 1,932 students who have been requested to provide additional information have not done so. These students are being contacted by SUSI as part of their close out strategy for applications for the 2012/13 academic year to confirm that they are still seeking a grant.

Some 37,936 students have been paid their maintenance or have had their entitlement to fee confirmed (where awarded a "fees only" grant).