Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Questions (499)

Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire


499. Deputy Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire asked the Minister for Education and Skills the estimated full year cost of increasing the funding of the capitation grant by percentage values (details supplied) in tabular form. [32839/19]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

I am pleased to have been able to provide for a 5% increase in capitation funding for primary and post primary schools that will apply from the start of the 2019/20 school year.  The first and full year costs of this increase is €4 million and €10 million respectively.

I must be prudent in the context of ongoing budgetary pressures.  Where it is not possible to do everything that I would like to do in the education sector in any one year I have to prioritise, especially in the context of increasing enrolments.

It is my intention to seek funding for further capitation increases in future budgets.

Each 1% increase in capitation and related grants for primary and post-primary schools would cost approximately €2m.  The following table sets out the estimated cost of increasing the capitation grant by 10%, 20%, 30%, 40% and 50%.

% increase

Cost of increase