Tuesday, 17 December 2019

Questions (171)

Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire

Question:

171. Deputy Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire asked the Minister for Education and Skills the estimated full-year cost of increasing the capitation grant for primary schools by 10%, 20%, 30%, 40% and 50%, respectively, in tabular form. [52656/19]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

This government has increased the capitation grant in each of the last two budgets.

I understand the need for improved capitation funding and I am pleased to have been able to provide for a further 2.5% increase in standard capitation funding for primary and post-primary schools that will apply from the start of the 2020/21 school year. This builds on last years 5% increase in capitation announced in budget 2019.

The combined increases given in 2019 and 2020 mean that circa 40% restoration will be achieved. 

All schools have received the benefit of the capitation increases awarded to date.  It is my intention to seek funding for further capitation increases in future budgets.

In addition to the increases above the estimated cost of increasing the standard capitation for primary school by 10%, 20%, 30%, 40% and 50% is set out in the following table.

% increase

Primary

10%

€11.6m

20%

€23.2m

30%

€34.8m

40%

€46.4m

50%

€58.0m