Thursday, 1 February 2018

Ceisteanna (43)

Catherine Connolly


43. Deputy Catherine Connolly asked the Minister for Education and Skills the cost of reintroducing the island and Gaeltacht allowances for primary and post-primary teachers on payrolls operated by his Department and those employed by the education and training board; his plans to reintroduce same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4648/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Education)

As a consequence of the economic crisis, there was a need to enact a number of measures to reduce public expenditure so as to stabilise the country’s public finances. 

The Government approved a number of measures relating to public service allowances following a public service-wide review of allowances and premium payments conducted by the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform. As a result of the Government decision, certain allowances were withdrawn for new beneficiaries with effect from 1 February 2012. The details are set out in Circular 08/2013.

Any person who was in receipt of the relevant allowances on 31 January 2012 will continue to be paid that allowance except where that teacher ceases that job role or changes school or employer on or after 1 February 2012. Where a teacher is redeployed under the agreed redeployment scheme, this will not be regarded as a cessation.

The annual cost of restoring the allowances referred to by the Deputy to new entry teachers in Primary, Voluntary Secondary and Community and Comprehensive schools would be in the region of €0.38m, comprised of €0.37m to restore the Gaeltacht Allowance and €0.01m to restore the Island Allowance (Primary only).

This information relates to the teachers paid on payrolls operated by my Department. The information relating to teachers employed in Education and Training Boards would have to be obtained from the individual ETBs.