Thursday, 17 October 2019

Ceisteanna (46)

Joan Burton


46. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Education and Skills his views on the limited increase in the capitation grants in view of the number of schools which struggle to cover their running costs; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42582/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Education)

I fully recognise the need to improve capitation funding for schools.

I am pleased to have been able to provide for a further 2.5% increase in standard capitation funding for primary and post-primary schools that will apply from the start of the 2020/21 school year.  This builds on last year's 5% increase in budget 2019.

In addition to the increase in standard capitation, the enhanced rates of capitation payable in respect of students with Special Educational Needs will be increased by 7.5% from the start of the 2020/21 school year.  The combined increases given in 2019 and 2020 mean that circa 40% restoration will be achieved. 

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