Student Grant Scheme Appeals

Questions (80)

Patrick O'Donovan

Question:

80. Deputy Patrick O'Donovan asked the Minister for Education and Skills the reason a person (details supplied) in County Mayo has yet to receive a decision based on their application for a fee-only grant for the academic year 2012-13; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [50984/13]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

Officials in my Department have confirmed with Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) that following an appeal from the student referred to by the Deputy her application was reviewed and she will be notified directly of the outcome. Where an individual applicant has had an appeal turned down, in writing, by SUSI, and remains of the view that SUSI has not interpreted the scheme correctly in his/her case, an appeal form outlining the position may be submitted by the applicant to the Student Grants Appeals Board. The relevant appeal form is available to download from http://www.studentfinance.ie/downloads/1375344221/2013_SGAB_appeal_form.pdf.

Student Grant Scheme Appeals

Questions (81)

Charlie McConalogue

Question:

81. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Education and Skills when the student grant appeals board will confirm a grant in respect of a person (details supplied); when same will be awarded; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [51002/13]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

Officials in my Department have confirmed with Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) that following an appeal from the student referred to by the Deputy a grant has been awarded and that SUSI issued an award letter on 26 November 2013.

School Transport Provision

Questions (82)

John McGuinness

Question:

82. Deputy John McGuinness asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will acknowledge the statement of account as published on the Department's website does not give complete information to enable persons to determine whether Bus Éireann makes a profit on the school transport scheme; and if he will clarify the matter. [51020/13]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

The agreed document of 1975 provides the basis for payment to Bus Éireann in respect of the arrangements between my Department and Bus Éireann under which the school transport scheme operates. The Department receives a copy of the Statement of Account for School Transport, prepared by the CIE Group auditors, each year which confirms that, in the opinion of the auditors, the Statement of Account has been prepared, in all material respects, in accordance with the Summary of Accounting Arrangements relating to the Transport Scheme for Primary and Post-Primary School children dated 1 January 1975 and with the bases and assumptions disclosed therein. This Statement of Account is not required to contain any statement to the effect that Bus Éireann do not make a profit from school transport and the account is completed in all of the respects set out in the agreed document. Bus Éireann has confirmed to the Department that they do not make a profit on School Transport and my Department accepts this confirmation.