Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Questions (254)

Jack Wall


254. Deputy Jack Wall asked the Minister for Education and Skills his views on a submission (details supplied); his plans to address the concerns raised; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9935/13]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

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 decisions have been taken in relation to the inclusion of farm or other business assets in any new means testing arrangements.

I have received a draft report from the implementation group. This is currently under consideration and I will consult further with my cabinet colleagues. Any proposals in this regard will require Government agreement and necessitate legislative amendment.