Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Questions (166)

Niall Collins

Question:

166. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for Education and Skills the assistance he will provide to a school (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10708/17]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

The school to which the Deputy refers applied for funding under my Department's Emergency Works Scheme to replace windows and doors as opposed to the yard works mentioned in the details supplied.

As the scope of the works was outside the terms and conditions of the scheme, the application was refused. The mechanism for applying for funding for works of this nature, and indeed yard works, is my Department’s Summer Works Scheme when the next round is available.  

In the meantime, schools have access to the minor works grant i.e. €5,500 for each primary school plus €18.50 per pupil or €74 per special needs pupil, which all primary schools received last November.  This funding may be used to carry out both of the types of work mentioned in full or on a phased basis as that grant permits.