Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Questions (98)

Brian Stanley

Question:

97 Deputy Brian Stanley asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will provide a breakdown of the total annual spend, including all grants, by his Department on all structures of local government here for 2011, and also for June 2011 to June 2012. [35681/12]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Education and Skills)

The Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government (Vote 25) has overall responsibility for Local Government funding. This includes responsibility for Dormant Accounts funding, which facilitates, inter alia, the grant aiding of schemes relating to educational and social disadvantage. The Vote of my Department (Vote 26) facilitates Dormant Accounts funding concerning the tackling of educational disadvantage. The principle underpinning Dormant Accounts funding is that it is Exchequer neutral. Such funding disbursed from my Department's Vote is accordingly offset by receipts from the National Treasury Management Agency (NTMA). The NTMA is responsible for managing the Dormant Accounts Fund and pays over receipts to an appropriations in aid subhead in my Department's Vote, making the expenditure net neutral. In 2011 and to the end of June 2012 Dormant Accounts funding totalling €1.67 million was paid out by my Department. The funding was made up of: €1.160 million to support Institute of Technology Access Programmes; €0.484m Limerick DEIS (Delivering Equality of opportunity In Schools) schools (current funding) €0.014m Limerick DEIS schools (capital funding); €0.012m in respect of pre-school initiatives.