Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Questions (446)

Carol Nolan


446. Deputy Carol Nolan asked the Minister for Education and Skills if the outstanding payment of the 2008 award to principals and deputy principals will be ensured; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [32143/19]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

In the second report of the Public Service Benchmarking Body (issued in December 2007), the Body recommended pay increases for 15 grades, including changes to the allowance payable to Principals of primary schools and of small post-primary schools.

This measure was not implemented due to the State’s worsening financial circumstances. Implementation of recommendations of the Benchmarking Body are a public service wide issue and as such are a matter for the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform. In line with current Government policy, there are no plans to implement the recommendations set out in the second report of the Public Service Benchmarking Body as they apply to any public servant.

The Government has agreed that Principal allowances, which were reduced under the FEMPI legislation, will be restored to their previous levels in 2020.