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Dáil Éireann Debate, Wednesday - 25 May 2022

Wednesday, 25 May 2022

Questions (92)

Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire

Question:

92. Deputy Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire asked the Minister for Education the current level of capitation per pupil at primary and at secondary level; the expected level of capitation that will be provided to schools per pupil at primary and secondary level in September 2022. [26568/22]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

The two main grants paid by my Department to recognised schools are the Capitation grant to cater for day to day running costs such as heating, lighting, cleaning, insurance, general up-keep, etc. and the Ancillary Services grants to cater for the cost of employing ancillary services staff.

The following links are the most recent circulars published on my Department's website which outline the rates in relation to capitation related grants per pupil.

Primary Circulars

www.gov.ie/en/circulars/?q=&sort_by=published_date&organisation=department-of-education&year=&circular_id=0017%2F2021

www.gov.ie/en/circulars/?q=&sort_by=published_date&organisation=department-of-education&year=&circular_id=0038%2F2020

Post Primary Circulars

www.gov.ie/en/circulars/?q=&sort_by=published_date&organisation=department-of-education&year=&circular_id=0082%2F2020

www.gov.ie/en/circulars/?q=&sort_by=published_date&organisation=department-of-education&year=&circular_id=0052%2F2020

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

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.

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