Thursday, 24 October 2013

Questions (118)

Seán Fleming


118. Deputy Sean Fleming asked the Minister for Education and Skills the expenditure adjustment that will be made within his Department in 2014; the full year impact of expenditure measures that will be taken in 2014; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [45584/13]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

In Budget 2014 my Department was required to secure savings of €44 million to meet the ceiling set in the Comprehensive Expenditure Review 2012-14.

The Department has been able to identify sufficient expenditure savings to allow me protect frontline education services in 2014, including protecting class sizes. Savings that have recently crystallised, particularly in relation to superannuation expenditure, have reduced the amount the Department is required to find through policy measures to €33 million. The following table outlines the savings measures taken to secure these savings and their full year impact.

Savings Measure



 Reduction in allocation to Higher Education Institutions (HEIs)



Abolish €20 long-term unemployment bonus paid to FAS, VTOS and Youthreach participants (new entrants)



Require FAS apprentices to pay pro-rata Student Services Charge proportionate to the percentage of time they spend in IOTs.       



Savings arising from adjustments in cases where FAS training course participants can receive concurrent DES and DSP payments.