Friday, 6 September 2019

Questions (1659)

Anne Rabbitte

Question:

1659. Deputy Anne Rabbitte asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the amount spent in each of the years 2016 to 2018 and to date in 2019, on the community childcare subvention scheme; the number of persons that benefited from it for each year in tabular form; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [36642/19]

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Written answers (Question to Children)

The Community Childcare Subvention (CCS) and Community Childcare Subvention Plus (CCSP) Programmes provide support for parents/guardians on a low income to avail of reduced childcare costs at participating privately owned childcare services and at community not-for-profit childcare services, a list of these services is available through the relevant local County Childcare Committee. Under CCS Plus my Department pays a portion of the childcare costs for eligible children with the parent paying the remainder. The rate of subvention payable is determined by the status of the parent with the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection.

Tables 1 and 2 set out the amount spent in each of the years 2016 to 2018 and to date in 2019 on the Community Childcare Subvention (CCS) and Community Childcare Subvention Plus (CCSP) Programmes and the number of persons that benefitted from the scheme each year. It should be noted that the CCS programme is no longer available however the CCSP programme with identical levels of financial support is available but will close to new registrations when the National Childcare Scheme commences in October 2019.

Table 1.  Expenditure on the CCSP Scheme from 2016 -2018 and to date in 2019 

Payments by Programme Call 2016 to date

Programme Call

2016

2017

2018

2019

Community Childcare Subvention 2016-2017

15,232,453.58

20,843,990.46

59,944.40

1,859.35

Community Childcare Subvention 2017-2018

0.00

23,101,733.10

27,001,876.02

-86,950.35

Community Childcare Subvention 2018-2019

0.00

0.00

16,182,223.85

16,603,834.12

Community Childcare Subvention 2019-2020

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

Community Childcare Subvention Private 2016-2017

1,705,040.24

6,131,483.25

-231.20

-6,297.94

Community Childcare Subvention Plus 2017-2018

0.00

20,985,913.81

47,730,808.14

26,626.22

Community Childcare Subvention Plus 2018-2019

0.00

0.00

31,924,686.36

72,968,254.06

Community Childcare Subvention Plus 2019-2020

0.00

0.00

0.00

7,303,452.37

Table 2.  Number of children registered under CCSP scheme form 2016 -2018 and to date in 2019

Programme

2016/2017

2017/2018

2018/2019**

@05/09/2019

2019/2020

@ 05/09/2019

CCS

              20,568

              17,820

                                          12,572

No CCS programme this year

CCSP

                7,232

              22,913

                                          35,424

7,675

CCSRT*

                    314

                    560

                                                608

46

CCSU

                       -  

              39,357

                                          33,682

10,989

Note: All figures are calculated using the child's PPS number. If a child had more than one approved registration in the same programme, they have been counted once in that programme. However if a child had approved registrations in different programmes during the same academic year they have been included in both programme totals.

*For programme call year 2016/17 this programme call consisted of CCSR only, CCSRT was introduced in 2017/18

**2018/19 CCS, CCSP, CCSU & CCSRT registrations are still being processed so this figure may change over the coming weeks.