Tuesday, 9 April 2019

Ceisteanna (217)

Thomas P. Broughan

Ceist:

217. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Education and Skills the estimated first and full-year costs of increasing the capitation grant at primary and secondary level by 5%; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [16458/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Education)

The first and full year costs of increasing the capitation grant at primary and secondary level by 5% is €4 million and €10 million respectively.

I am pleased to have been able to provide for this 5% increase in capitation funding for primary and post primary schools that will apply from the start of the 2019/20 school year.

I fully recognise the need to further improve capitation funding for schools. However, I must be prudent in the context of ongoing budgetary pressures and I have to prioritise where it is not possible to do everything that I would like to do in the Education Sector in any one year especially in the light of increasing enrolments.

It is my intention to seek funding for further capitation increases in future budgets.