Friday, 6 September 2019

Questions (1660)

Pearse Doherty


1660. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs if correspondence has been received from a service provider (details supplied); if so, when a response will issue; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [34740/19]

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Written answers (Question to Children)

It is not possible to appeal the calculation of Programme Support Payment (PSP) or select an alternative snapshot period from which the payment is calculated. For the last programme year 2018/19, the month of December 2018 was selected as the snapshot period to calculate PSP.

As with all other terms of PSP, this snapshot applies to all services supplying DCYA childcare programmes without exception, and is not negotiable. Selecting alternative snapshot periods for individual services would, amongst other things, risk double-payment of PSP for a single child, if they had moved from one service to another during the programme year.

I understand that the service provider in question is dissatisfied with their payment but the PSP was calculated along the same parameters for all services and cannot be appealed. Please note that the PSP is administered by Pobal on behalf of my Department and therefore all future queries are best directed to Pobal.