Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Questions (44)

Charlie McConalogue


44. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will re-examine the unsuccessful application that a school (details supplied) in Dublin 5 made under the summer works scheme for the replacement of single-glazed windows which are in a very poor condition and urgently need to be replaced; if his Department will pay for their replacement under a different scheme if not under the summer works scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23642/14]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

I can confirm that the school referred to by the Deputy submitted an application for window replacement under the 2014 Summer Works Scheme. 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 over 770 schools undertake improvement works during the summer months.

Commensurate with the level of funding set aside for the Scheme, applications were assessed on a top down basis in accordance with the prioritisation criteria outlined in the Circular accompanying the Scheme. Unfortunately, due to the scale of demand for funding under the Scheme, it was not possible to grant aid all applications including those received for windows.

However, in accordance with the Scheme's Circular, the school's application 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. I regret that there is no other funding stream available for window replacement.