Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Questions (551)

Fiona O'Loughlin


551. Deputy Fiona O'Loughlin asked the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to increase the capitation grant for pupils; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [33344/19]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

I fully recognise the need to improve capitation funding for schools.

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.