Wednesday, 10 February 2021

Questions (407)

Marc MacSharry


407. Deputy Marc MacSharry asked the Minister for Education when a school transport summer provisions grant will be awarded to a person (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [6477/21]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

School Transport is a significant operation managed by Bus Éireann on behalf of the Department of Education. In the current school year over 113,100 children, including over 14,500 children with special educational needs, are transported on a daily basis to primary and post-primary schools throughout the country at a cost of over €224.7m in 2020.

The purpose of my Department's School Transport Scheme is, having regard to available resources, to support the transport to and from school of children who reside remote from their nearest school.

With regard to transport arrangements for the Summer Programme, my Department committed to providing grant funding to support families with the cost of transport arrangements for those children who were eligible for school transport and who were approved to participate in the school based Summer Programme.

All families who were eligible for transport at that time and who availed of the school based Summer Programme 2020 are entitled to recieve the grant in question. School Transport Section has commenced processing payment of these grants to the families in question and I can confirm that payment has recently been made to the family referred to by the Deputy.