Tuesday, 17 December 2019

Ceisteanna (193)

James Browne

Ceist:

193. Deputy James Browne asked the Minister for Education and Skills the amount provided to schools in County Wexford through the summer works scheme in each of the years 2016 to 2018 and to date in 2019; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [53009/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Education)

The information requested by the Deputy is set out in the table below.  This Table reflects actual expenditure of Projects under the Summer Works Scheme and not the value of approvals sanctioned by my Department as some of these approved projects have not commenced construction.

Year

2016

Expenditure

2017

Expenditure

2018

Expenditure

2019 (to date)Expenditure

Summer Works Scheme (Wexford)

€1,040,742

€2,048,663

€782,404

€397,248

The purpose of the Summer Works Scheme is to devolve funding to individual school authorities to undertake small-scale building works which, ideally, can be carried out during the summer months or at other times that avoid disrupting the operation of the school.

Under the terms of the scheme, school authorities are empowered to manage these works with guidance from and minimal interaction with the Department.

Funding for small scale projects will be allocated in accordance with the prioritisation criteria attaching to the scheme which, in the normal course, include the ability to have the works carried out during the summer.