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Dáil Éireann Debate, Thursday - 4 November 2021

Thursday, 4 November 2021

Questions (295)

Colm Burke


295. Deputy Colm Burke asked the Minister for Education if her Department will designate home tutors as employees of her Department given that there is a long-term educational relationship between tutors and their students in a large number of cases; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [53786/21]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

My Departments Home Tuition Grant Schemes provide funding towards the provision of a compensatory educational service for children who, for a number of specific reasons, are unable to attend school. By its nature, it is intended to be a short term intervention.

Under the Home Tuition Schemes, Home Tutors are engaged by the parents/guardian of the child who is to receive tuition. Home tutors do not have a contractual relationship with the Department of Education.

In accordance with instructions from the Revenue Commissioners, payments under the Home Tuition Grant Scheme are subject to statutory deductions at source. In order to facilitate parents, my Department acts solely as payroll agents on behalf of the parents/guardian.

The Department of Social Protection has determined that Home Tutors are engaged under a contract for service and are therefore self-employed and subject to PRSI Class S. Any further queries in relation to PRSI Class should be directed to the Department of Social Protection.

Question No. 296 answered with Question No. 293.