Friday, 6 September 2019

Questions (268)

Michael McGrath


268. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Education and Skills further to Parliamentary Questions Nos. 183 and 495 of 23 July 2019, the reason home tutors are not regarded as employees of his Department for the duration of their work as home tutors; his plans to address this issue; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [34888/19]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

Under my Department's Home Tuition Grant Scheme, Home Tutors are engaged by the parents/guardian of the child who is to receive tuition.

Home tutors do not have a contractual relationship with the Department of Education and Skills.

The change in payment arrangements from September 2015 was on foot of instructions from the Revenue Commissioners that payments under the Home Tuition Scheme are subject to statutory deductions at source.

In order to facilitate parents, my Department agreed to act solely as payroll agents on their behalf. Payment of the home tuition grant now issues directly to the approved tutor via my Department's Non-Teaching Staff payroll.

Home tutors continue to be engaged by the parent/guardian to provide tuition.

Any further queries in relation to PAYE and USC should be directed to Revenue and queries in relation to PRSI Class should be directed to the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection.