Tuesday, 8 October 2019

Questions (79, 81)

Catherine Murphy

Question:

79. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to restore and-or increase capitation grants for primary schools in 2019 and 2020; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [40652/19]

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Catherine Murphy

Question:

81. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to restore and-or increase capitation grants for primary schools in 2019 and 2020; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [40661/19]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 79 and 81 together.

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.

In looking at the competing demands for the next Budget, I must have regard to the level of resources which will be available to my Department, in the context of the continuing need for the Government to prudently manage the economy and the public finances and have regard to risks, including those associated with Brexit.