Wednesday, 20 November 2019

Questions (127)

Thomas Pringle

Question:

127. Deputy Thomas Pringle asked the Minister for Education and Skills the estimated cost in 2020 if the ancillary grant increased by €7 per pupil; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [48061/19]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

The estimated full year cost of increasing the rate of ancillary grant by €7.00 per pupil in primary schools is circa €4 million.

Improvements have been made in recent years for the restoration of grant funding that is used by schools to fund the salaries of ancillary staff.  The ancillary grant has increased by €22 since 2016, in order to enable primary schools to implement the arbitration salary increase for grant funded school secretaries and caretakers and to also implement the restoration of salary for cleaners arising from the unwinding of FEMPI legislation.