Thursday, 10 May 2018

Ceisteanna (117)

Jonathan O'Brien

Ceist:

117. Deputy Jonathan O'Brien asked the Minister for Education and Skills the budgetary projection within his Department due to demographic change for the years 2018 to 2028. [20704/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Education)

An analysis of demographic cost pressures from 2017 to 2027 is set out in the Irish Government Economic and Evaluation Service staff paper ‘Budgetary Impact of Changing Demographics 2017 – 2027’ published in September 2016 by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform.  This paper is available at: http://igees.gov.ie/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Demographic-Paper-Final-101016.pdf  

This paper is based on figures from Census 2016 and focuses on the areas of education, health and social protection expenditure, which are particularly affected by the changing age profile of the population. 

An allocation to cover certain demographic costs pressures is included in my Department's pre-budgetary expenditure ceilings from 2018 to 2020 in the following amounts:

2018 - €57m

2019 - €49m

2020 - €58m

These allocations cover the costs associated with providing for increased numbers of teachers and capitation, arising from increased student numbers in schools, as well as provision for demographics in higher education.