Tuesday, 10 December 2019

Questions (183)

Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire

Question:

183. Deputy Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire asked the Minister for Education and Skills the estimated cost of employing ten new SNAs. [51324/19]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

My Department's policy is to ensure that every child who is assessed as needing Special Needs Assistant (SNA) support will receive access to such support.

In 2019, in the region of €1.9 billion is being invested in Special Education, nearly one fifth of the overall Education budget. Budget 2020 has provided for 1,064 additional SNAs posts, for allocation in 2020, which will bring the total number of SNA posts in schools to over 17,000 in 2020, an increase of over 60% since 2011. The additional cost of these posts is €13 million and the provisional 2020 total allocation to SNA pay is €602 million.

The pay at entry of a new entrant Special Needs Assistant, inclusive of employer PRSI, is €27,674 so the estimated cost of 10 SNAs would be €276,740.