Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Questions (364)

Thomas P. Broughan

Question:

364. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Education and Skills the most recent report on the activities of the Student Grants Appeals Board that he has received pursuant to section 27 of the Student Support Act 2011; if this report is publicly available; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19739/19]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

While Section 27 of the Student Support Act 2011 makes provision for the Student Grants Appeals Board to submit a report of its activities to the Minister at such intervals and in such manner and form, as the Minister directs, in recent years my Department has not requested a formal report of the Board's activities.

To date the only report prepared was titled "Report to the Minister for Education and Skills by the Student Grants Appeals Board for the academic year 2011/12" and was published in March 2013 and a copy of this report may be accessed at the following link: https://www.education.ie/en/The-Department/Bodies-and-Committees/Student-Grants-Appeals-Board.html.

However, my officials liaise with the Student Grants Appeals Board on an on-going basis throughout the year.

The annual review of the statutory based Student Grant Scheme and Student Support Regulations, carried out by my Department, is undertaken following consultation with the various stakeholders which includes the Student Grants Appeals Board.