Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Questions (277)

Charlie McConalogue


277. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will provide in tabular form the list of primary schools by county which were granted funding for windows under the summer works scheme in 2014 together with the amount of funding each school received for windows and the percentage of the total summer works scheme budget which was allocated for windows; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22991/14]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

The Deputy will be aware that I recently announced details of the schools that will receive Summer Works Scheme funding in 2014 in respect of applications submitted for Categories 1 to 6 i.e. Gas, Electrical, Mechanical, Toilet Facilities and Roof Works projects. In total, I have approved the spending of more than €70 million on the Summer Works Scheme to allow 772 schools undertake improvement works during the summer months.

Commensurate with the level of funding set aside for the 2014 Summer Works Scheme, applications were assessed on a top down basis in accordance with the prioritisation criteria outlined in the Circular accompanying the scheme. Given the level of funding available, it was not possible to grant aid all applications, including those received for windows.

However, in accordance with the Scheme's Circular, applications from schools for works in categories 7 to 10, which includes windows, will be retained and will be prioritised for consideration under further rounds of the Summer Works Scheme in the future, subject to availability of funding.