Tuesday, 9 October 2018

Questions (130)

Seán Fleming


130. Deputy Sean Fleming asked the Minister for Education and Skills the estimated amount it would cost in 2019 if the ancillary grant rate increased by €5.50 per pupil; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [41019/18]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

The estimated full year cost of increasing the rate of ancillary grant by €5.50 per pupil in primary schools is circa €3.1m.

Improvements have been made for the restoration of grant funding that is used by schools to fund the salaries of ancillary staff. The ancillary grant was increased by €6 in 2016, €5 in 2017 and €5 in 2018, in order to enable primary schools to implement the arbitration salary increase for grant funded school secretaries and caretakers and to also implement the restoration of salary for cleaners arising from the unwinding of FEMPI legislation.