Wednesday, 18 September 2019

Ceisteanna (107)

Michael Fitzmaurice

Ceist:

107. Deputy Michael Fitzmaurice asked the Minister for Education and Skills the reason there is a month delay in payment being issued to home support teachers after they submit their hours; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [37796/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Education)

The purpose of the Home Tuition Grant Scheme is to provide funding towards the provision of a compensatory educational service for children who, for a number of specific reasons, are unable to attend school. The terms of this scheme are set out in circular 56/2019 which is available on my Department’s website at https://www.education.ie/en/Circulars-and-Forms/Active-Circulars/cl0056_2019.pdf.

As set out in this circular my Department acts as a payroll agent only on behalf of the parent/legal guardian who has made the application for Home Tuition. Payments in respect of the tuition provided under the terms of the Home Tuition Grant Scheme issue on a monthly basis to the approved Tutor via the Non–Teaching Staff (NTS) payroll operated by my Department. In order for payment to issue, a payment claim form must be completed and signed by both the Parent/Legal Guardian and the Tutor and forwarded to my Department at the end of each and every calendar month in which tuition was provided. Further details in relation to these arrangements and the dates by which payment claim forms are to be submitted are available on my Departments website at

https://www.education.ie/en/Parents/Services/Home-Tuition/home-tuition-payment-information-note.pdf.