Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Questions (64)

Jonathan O'Brien

Question:

64. Deputy Jonathan O'Brien asked the Minister for Education and Skills the details of the prospective cost of providing travel allowances for participants in MOMENTUM courses who reside a considerable distance from the location; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [50932/13]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

In the design of the Momentum Programme, consideration was given to the question of additional payments/supports but in the current difficult economic circumstances, it was decided that no additional payments, other than the retention of social welfare benefits, was warranted. This approach was discussed between the relevant Government Departments when the Programme was being designed last year. An evaluation of the Momentum Programme is currently underway and this issue will be considered in that context.