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Written Answers - Higher Education Grants

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 760 No. 3

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 189.  Deputy Tom Fleming Information on Tom Fleming Zoom on Tom Fleming  asked the Minister for Education and Skills Information on Ruairí Quinn Zoom on Ruairí Quinn  if he will ensure that the eligibility criteria for higher education grants for farmers' sons and daughters remains based on the yearly income of the farmer rather than the capital assets of the farm holding; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [16358/12]

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Ruairí Quinn): Information on Ruairí Quinn Zoom on Ruairí Quinn As I announced last December, the means test for student grants will be amended to take account of the value of certain capital assets as well as income for the 2013-14 academic year. A dedicated Capital Asset Test implementation group has been established. The group has been charged with bringing forward detailed implementation proposals on new means testing arrangements for student grants, to include the value of assets, for new applicants from the 2013-14 academic year. No decision has been taken on the treatment of farm or other business assets. In the circumstances, I am [773]not in a position to say at this time what assets may be included. However, any proposals will require further Government agreement and necessitate legislative amendment.

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