Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Questions (658)

Pearse Doherty

Question:

658. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs her Department's capital allocation in each of the years 2018 to 2022; and the areas to which funds will be allocated in each of those years. [9513/18]

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Written answers (Question to Children)

The National Development Plan sets out the Government`s capital investment priorities that will underpin the new National Planning Framework. My Department has been allocated €156 million in capital expenditure over the period 2018-2022 under the National Development Plan as set out in the following table:

National Development Plan

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2018

2019

2020

2021

2022

Capital Allocations (€ million)

28

32

31

32

33

The resources will support continued investment in:

- Childcare, to ensure quality and supply of sufficient childcare places

- Youth services that support and target disadvantaged young people and improve their employability

- Tusla, through the continued development of ICT and standards of accommodation, and

- Oberstown Children Detention Campus through the provision of safe and secure places. 

In addition to this, the Plan also contains a commitment to provide an additional €250 million to support the implementation of a 10 year, cross-Government Early Years Strategy to be published in 2018. One of the core objectives of this strategy will be to increase the proportion of children who have access to high quality, early years care and education.