Tuesday, 11 December 2018

Questions (186)

James Lawless

Question:

186. Deputy James Lawless asked the Minister for Education and Skills if an application for the summer works scheme by a school (details supplied) will be approved; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [51714/18]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

I can confirm that my Department is in receipt of an application under the Summer Works Scheme for a Category 10 - external environment project.

The Summer Works Scheme (SWS) 2016 -2017 was applied on a multi-annual basis.  The Deputy will be aware that nearly 50% of schools applied for inclusion under the scheme which reflects a very high demand. 

Almost €80 million has been approved to date under the SWS, in respect of over 640 school projects in categories 1 - 6. Details of the successful school applicants are published on my Department's website www.education.ie.  The applications in categories 7-10 remain available for consideration for funding.

As the Deputy will be aware, Project Ireland 2040 included an announcement of a major package of investment in education for the next decade with the school building budget increasing by 70%.  This investment will provide for the continued increase in demographics while also allowing for a greater focus on refurbishment and upgrading of existing school stock.