Tuesday, 2 July 2019

Questions (253)

Dara Calleary


253. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Education and Skills the estimated full year cost of a proposal (details supplied). [27601/19]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

As a consequence of the economic crisis, there was a need to enact a number of measures to reduce public expenditure so as to stabilise the country’s public finances.

The Government approved a number of measures relating to public service allowances following a public service-wide review of allowances and premium payments conducted by the then Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform. As a result of the Government decision, certain allowances were withdrawn for new beneficiaries with effect from 1 February 2012. The details are set out in my Department Circular 08/2013.

Any person who was in receipt of the relevant allowances on 31 January 2012 will continue to be paid that allowance except where that teacher ceases that job role or changes school or employer on or after 1 February 2012. Where a teacher is redeployed under the agreed redeployment scheme, this will not be regarded as a cessation.

The annual cost of restoring the Island allowance from a current date to new entry teachers in Primary, schools would be approximately €20,000 annually.

This information relates to the teachers paid on payrolls operated by my Department. I will arrange to obtain the information relating to the cost of the restoration of the allowance for teachers employed in Education and Training Boards and forward it direct to you.