Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Questions (340, 341)

Charlie McConalogue

Question:

340. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will publish the report of the capital asset test implementation group by the end of this month; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8746/13]

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Charlie McConalogue

Question:

341. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Education and Skills in relation to the inclusion of capital assets in the means testing of students grants, if he is considering setting a limit on land valued at €750,000; if this is true, the way this figure was arrived at; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8747/13]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 340 and 341 together.

The Deputy will be aware that a dedicated capital assets test implementation group was established to bring forward detailed implementation proposals on new means testing arrangements for student grants, to include the value of assets. No decision has been taken on setting a limit on the value of farm or other business assets that may be included in any new means testing arrangements. I have received a draft report from the implementation group. This is currently under consideration I will consult further with my cabinet colleagues before the report is published.